Why FP? By Ben Kolera

Everyone in this group has some idea of what FP is, but when you are first dipping your toes into the FP ocean it is difficult to see concrete examples of how it can help you.

Ben will introduce the core ideals and building blocks of FP. He'll also try to draw some overlaps with FP and traditional programming languages but ultimately try to show that fully featured FP languages are much better suited to the task.

The talk will explore the usefulness of FP some concrete examples from code he has written in his day job as a web/api developer. The examples will be shown at a very high level (just enough to get why they are awesome) while ignoring a lot of the underlaying details that require prior experience or heavy explanation to navigate.

The talk is aimed at beginners who need some extra orientation and/or inspiration before jumping in and learning FP.

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