In the Beginning There Was Nothing but Darkness

In the Beginning There Was Nothing but Darkness

Several years ago, I found myself watching Andre Staltz's talk about Cycle.js. A JavaScript framework that would leverage reactive programming paradigm in front-end developement.

The reactive programming paradigm interested me and I wanted to understand the underlying concepts. I had no clue what "side effects" meant, what functional meant. I was writing ugly imperative C# code, with no wonder of the cost. Null pointer exceptions and their friends... Story is known.

One day I tried to write some Haskell. My attempt to write a simple program miserably failed. I asked myself whether I deserved my title of software engineer or not. This is how I tried to dove into type theory and category theory to understand this incredibly powerful language.

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