functional programming

I’m surprised when functional programmers say bad things about Scala

I’m surprised when many functional programmers feel the need to say something bad about Scala. As a community, that makes them seem like a bunch of people who aren’t very nice. There are things I don’t like about Haskell, F#, Lisp, Scala, Kotlin, Go, Perl, PHP, Python, C, C++, etc., but I don’t feel the need to take pot shots at any languages or individuals.

Scala: What do “effect” and “effectful” mean in functional programming?

When you get started with functional programming (FP) a common question you’ll have is, “What is an effect in functional programming?” You’ll hear advanced FPers use the words effects and effectful, but rarely do you get a definition of what they mean.

Effects are related to monads

The first step in the process of understanding effects is to say that they’re related to monads, so you have to know a little bit about monads to understand effects.

Scala while and do/while loops (syntax, examples)

Once I got into functional programming I generally quit using while loops and do/while loops in Scala, but the language has both of them. Here’s the general syntax:

// while loop
while(condition) {
    statement(a)
    statement(b)
}

// do-while
do {
   statement(a)
   statement(b)
} 
while(condition)

Scala while loop syntax

Here’s an example of a while loop: