GoingDeep: Perspectives on Functional Programming

GoingDeep

Matthew Podwysocki is a senior consultant for Microsoft platform technologies in the D.C. area. He's been programming since he was a child and has a particular interest and passion for functional programming. Functional programming is all the rage these days. General purpose imperative languages ...

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Matthew Podwysocki is a senior consultant for Microsoft platform technologies in the D.C. area. He's been programming since he was a child and has a particular interest and passion for functional programming. Functional programming is all the rage these days. General purpose imperative languages (like C# and C++) are adding functional constructs to help improve software developer prodcutivity in an increasingly concurrent general purpose computing environment as notebooks and PCs with multiple processors are now the norm.

Matthew was in Redmond a few weeks ago, so we thought it would be awesome to invite Matthew into the the lair of our resident functional programming extremist (though I must say that Erik is mellowing out with age), high priest of the lamda calculus, category theorist and Expert to Expert host, Erik Meijer. Now, it's a little scary to be asked into Erik's den of functional orthodoxy (aka Erik's office) and be put to the task of explaining functional principals in a way that is widely accessible to developers who have little or no experience with thinking functional, but Matthew was up for the task and spends most of the time at Erik's whiteboard explaining important functional programming concepts (Haskell and F# are the languages used in the examples, but the language isn't that important - the concepts are), sharing some his very interesting history with us, waxing on future directions in programming, engaging us in a really interesting conversation. Great job, Matthew!

Enjoy!

Duration: 1:07:41

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