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28th February 2020

Berlin, Germany

Part of the BOB series

The Essence of Programming (Ludvig Sundström)

Referential transparency is a property that lets us better understand computer programs, because it allows us to safely replace expressions with their values without changing the programs behavior in other places. To achieve referential transparency, we have to program using pure functions and function composition as primary tools.

Seen abstractly, the process of composing and decomposing of pure functions closely relate to the essential principle of problem: “To solve a large problem, split it up into subproblems and solve these recursively, then combine the solutions.” What implications does this correlation have on functional programs?

In this talk, I argue why function composition is the essence of programming, and how it manifests itself through some abstractions we know from the functional world.

This session is held on in Talks A