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Learning Functional Programming in Go

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  • Learn how to compose reliable applications using high-order functions
  • Explore techniques to eliminate side-effects using FP techniques such as currying
  • Use first-class functions to implement pure functions
  • Understand how to implement a lambda expression in Go
  • Compose a working application using the decorator pattern
  • Create faster programs using lazy evaluation
  • Use Go concurrency constructs to compose a functionality pipeline
  • Understand category theory and what it has to do with FP

Lex Sheehan begins slowly, using easy-to-understand illustrations and working Go code to teach core functional programming (FP) principles such as referential transparency, laziness, recursion, currying, and chaining continuations.

This book is a tutorial for programmers looking to learn FP and apply it to write better code. Lex guides readers from basic techniques to advanced topics in a logical, concise, and clear progression.

The book is divided into four modules. The first module explains the functional style of programming: pure functional programming, manipulating collections, and using higher-order functions. In the second module, you will learn design patterns that you can use to build FP-style applications. In the next module, you will learn FP techniques that you can use to improve your API signatures, increase performance, and build better cloud-native applications. The last module covers Category Theory, Functors, Monoids, Monads, Type classes and Generics.

By the end of the book, you will be adept at building applications the FP way.

  • Write concise and maintainable code with streams and high-order functions
  • Understand the benefits of currying your Golang functions
  • Learn the most effective design patterns for functional programming and learn when to apply each of them
  • Build distributed MapReduce solutions using Go
Page Count 672
Course Length 20 hours 9 minutes
ISBN 9781787281394
Date Of Publication 24 Nov 2017


Lex Sheehan

Lex Sheehan has a B.S. in Computer Science from Auburn University, resides in Atlanta, GA, and works as a senior software engineer with over 20 years of experience. He has a deep understanding of functional programming (FP). After using FP techniques in Ruby, Scala, JavaScript, Haskell, and Java, and writing an article about FP in Go, he decided it was time to write a book about it.

Lex worked for IBM Software Group and IBM Global Business Services, designing and building various enterprise business systems. He is the author of eight US patents (IT security and data transformations) and he writes a blog titled Application Development with Lex Sheehan.

Lex has turned his attention to distributed systems programming and crypto economics. He is currently leveraging his background in Go and passion for blockchain technologies to build a privacy layer for the Ethereum (and other) blockchains.

Lex is available to consult and meet with your CTO and/or provide in-house training on the information in this book and related technologies.