An off-the-cuff stream of Functional Programming ideas, skills, patterns, and news from Functional Programming expert Eric Normand of LispCast.
Programmer as Navigator
We read and discuss the 1973 ACM Turing Award Lecture by Charles W. Bachman.
The Humble Programmer
We read from and comment on Edsger Dijkstra's 1972 Turing Award Lecture called The Humble Programmer. Is the problem with programming that we don't recognize our own limitations? We'll explore that and more.
What's the relationship between abstraction and generality?
Do abstract and general mean the same thing? I don't think so. I've actually stopped using the term 'abstraction' because it's so laden with semantic baggage. We explore what they do mean in different contexts, and why abstract is not a relative term.
Why is data so powerful?
In this episode, we explore why Clojure's stance of not wrapping data much is so powerful in the world we live in.
What if data is a really bad idea?
In this episode, I read from and discuss a comment thread between Rich Hickey and Alan Kay.
On the criteria to be used in decomposing systems into modules
In this episode, I read from David Parnas's important paper on modularity.