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How I got into functional programming

About a year and a half ago I decided that I wanted to change course and go back to being an engineer. I knew that I wanted to code, I just didn’t know where to start.

In this post I will go over:

  • how I picked functional programming (FP) as something I want to study
  • what FP is and why I like it
  • go over a handful of examples to give you an idea on how you could use it in your day to day job

In closing, I will try so summarize what I learned about personal development as I went through this process.

How I got started

Right after I decided that I want to give up on management and go back to engineering, I had no idea what I should do next… All I could think of where the things I didn’t like about my job instead of the things I liked :).

My team was (and still is) heavily involved with distributed systems (mainly batch and real-time analytics built on top of the Hadoop stack), but simply joining those projects seemed very intimidating at that moment.

I really wanted to have fun and score a few quick wins, in order to validate if I’m still on the right track…

I didn’t have any experience with enterprise Java and the system and tech stack are both incredibly complex; on top of that I am very motivated by concrete results and enjoy working on more high-level problems — none of which can be found in building and optimizing distributed infrastructure.

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