Adventures in Elm: Events, Reproducibility, and Kindness

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

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

Jessica Kerr

Engineer, Stripe