Episode 57

057 JSJ Functional Programming with Zach Kessin


May 2nd, 2013

43 mins 39 secs

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Zachary Kessin (twitter github Mostly Erlang Podcast)
Jamison Dance (twitter github blog)
Merrick Christensen (twitter github)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

00:55 - Zach Kessin Introduction

Programming HTML5 Applications
Building Web Applications with Erlang
Product Structure
Mostly Erlang Podcast

03:01 - Functional Programming


06:44 - Monad

Maybe monad

11:33 - Functional Languages vs JavaScript

No side effects

18:09 - Why Functional Programming?

037 JSJ Promises with Dominic Denicola and Kris Kowal
Higher order functions
Ext JS

24:35 - Tail_call

044 JSJ Book Club: Effective JavaScript with David Herman

32:54 - Programming Languages

Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers) by Bruce Tate

33:38 - Functional Programming Libraries


36:13 - What do you miss in JavaScript?

Pattern Matching


Vi Hart on Normalcy of Pi (Jamison)
Sport Balls Replaced With Cats (Jamison)
JavaScript Allongé by Reginald Braithwaite (Merrick)
BonsaiJS (Merrick)
Wringing out Water on the ISS - for Science! (Chuck)
RequireJS (Chuck)
Mostly Erlang (Zach)
Boston PD (Zach)
Iron Dome (Zach)

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CHUCK:  Hey everybody, and welcome to Episode 57 of the JavaScript Jabber Show. This week on our panel, we have Jamison Dance.

JAMISON:  Hello, friends.

CHUCK:  Merrick Christensen.


CHUCK:  I’m Charles Max Wood from Devchat.tv and this week, we have a special guest and that’s Zach Kessin.

ZACH:  Hey everybody.

CHUCK:  Did I say your name right, Zach?

ZACH:  Yep, you got it right.

CHUCK:  Alright. This week, we’re going to be talking about functional programming in JavaScript. You want to give us a little bit of a background on you, so that you can kind of explain, I don’t know, who you are and your expertise here?

ZACH:  Oh, okay. So yeah, I’m Zach Kessin. I’ve been a software developer for close to 20 years, on the web, close to 20 years now. My first web app in PHP version -- oh, not PHP, in Perl version 4 with mSQL, because MySQL didn’t exist yet. That was, like, 1994. And let’s see, I’ve been doing web applications ever since. Worked in Boston area, in London and then in Israel for about 10 years now. I’m also the author of ‘Programming HTML5 Applications’ and ‘Building Web Applications with Erlang’, both published by O’Reilly. And my interests include functional programming, code generation and concurrency in Erlang. So, well, that’s a different show. That’s sort of my background. And I work at a small Tel Aviv startup called Product Structure that we build [inaudible] components and workflows that will be self-optimizing on your website. So, that’s what we’re doing. We’re launching it soon.

CHUCK:  Cool.

MERRICK:  Very cool.

CHUCK:  You just launched your own podcast, didn’t you?

ZACH:  Yeah. I just launched my own podcast called ‘Mostly Erlang’. It’s going to cover Erlang and occasionally other functional languages like Haskell and OCML. We had our first, we recorded our first episode last week. And the first episode is called ‘Building Skynet’. And the second episode will be on the Webmachine framework, which is an HTTP framework, backend framework though, to do semantically correct Webmachine.