Adventures in Elm: Events, Reproducibility, and Kindness

Jessica Kerr

Engineer, Stripe

What do you get when you combine strict functional programming with heavy user interaction? Challenges, and unexpected freedoms.

Elm is a purely functional language for the browser. It compiles to JavaScript — after enforcing immutability, types, semantic versioning, and tight boundaries for user and server interactions.

Working within these restrictions, I find my programming principles turned upside down. Small components? Who needs them. Global state? No problem. New principles emerge instead: events, reproducibility, kindness in times of error.

This session gives an overview of Elm, then focuses on the Elm Architecture: how it overturns what is essential in object-oriented and even backend functional programming.

Slides from Jessica’s talk are now available on the Chariot Solutions site.

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Location: Salon C
April 12th, 2016
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM