PurelyFunctional.tv Newsletter 291: Metaphor, Puzzles, Ions

Issue 291 - September 10, 2018 · Archives · Subscribe

Hi Clojurers,

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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Metaphor

Julie Moronuki explains how metaphor enables mathematics. There's a lot of wonderful stuff in here about the different kinds of metaphor and the ways they help us come up with new concepts.

Why Elixir Matters: A Genealogy of Functional Programming YouTube

Osa Gaius goes through a brief history of functional programming, and a hope for FP in the future.

Programming Languages are not Languages

Alvaro Videla explores whether the metaphor of "language" applied to programming language is stretched too far.

Puzzle Development: A Clojure Case Study YouTube

Mark Engelberg shows how he uses Clojure to analyze puzzles and games he designs.

I like how he uses the example of someone who solved them same problem in Java and how Clojure's features made everything easier.

A plea for lean software Paper

Niklaus Wirth discusses the development of Oberon, how three people managed to build a complete workstation in three years (Oberon), and why commercial software gets bloated.

Is functional programming declarative? Podcast

People use the term "declarative" to describe functional programming, and that bothers me. I go on for 16 minutes! But I make a lot of important points.

Rapid Java Innovation YouTube

Georges Saab, from Oracle, talks about Java's release cycle.

Datomic Ions in Seven Minutes YouTube

Stuart Halloway explains Ions.

I Find Bugs too Boring to Write

Arlo Belshee shows how he uses refactoring to understand a legacy codebase.

Category Theory from the Universe Up

This is a free course I made because I was dissatisfied with the Category Theory material. Categories are super cool and don't need to be hard. I explain all of the main categories (Monoids, Functors, Applicatives, and Monads) with real world objects (because many real world objects obey the laws). I also attempt to exp lain why these things are so hard to teach.