What causes an API to cross the line into becoming a DSL? Is it really a ‘I’ll know it when I see it’ situation? I’ve been searching for an answer for years. And I think I found it in a paper I read recently for this podcast: Lisp: A language for stratified design. In this episode, we go over the main factor that makes an API a DSL: the closure property.
Thoughts on Functional Programming Podcast
An off-the-cuff stream of Functional Programming ideas, skills, patterns, and news from Functional Programming expert Eric Normand.
I’ve never been satisfied with the standard definition of ‘software design’. Is the term useful? What could it mean that is useful? In this episode, I talk about some definitions that I don’t agree with and explain my definition.
In this episode, I read excerpts from Why Functional Programming Matters by John Hughes. Does it answer the question of what is functional programming and why is it powerful?
Out of the Tar Pit came out 14 years ago and it was a big influence on my thinking. I’ve thought a lot about it and I want to share some extensions and refinements of the ideas in the paper. Specifically, I hope to present a more objective definition of complexity and refine the idea of Essential vs. Accidental complexity.
In this episode, I read excerpts from Out of the Tar Pit, a classic paper in the functional programming community.
I try to define software architecture, both in the large and in the small.
We read one of the great articles by Alan Kay, inventor of Smalltalk.
In this first episode of season 3, we analyze a great paper called Lisp: A language for stratified design.
I’m taking a break to retool for Season 3, which will start in the new year. I also give an update on Grokking Simplicity. I am working on Chapter 7.