Why bother with FP?


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Anonymous at 14:27 on 29 Mar 2015

Really good talk. Informative and entertaining

I really enjoyed this soft introduction into FP world.
For a newcomer like me, this has been the best talk I attended to in this conference.

Hi Tomasz,

first of all congratulations for you talk! I found it was one of the best talk of the day and since you asked for feedback, here I am :)
I think that never as today IT is full of claims without supporting facts. Dynamic langs are better that static ones, functional is better that OOP, and so on. I liked you talk since it tries to see what really are the facts. I’m guilty of living into a “bubble” too, let me explain. Since I like Scala (i’m the Scala is 20 on Tiobe index guy :) ) and I’m working with it, I tend to follow more people that talk about Scala and less people that share something about Java. So, after a while it seems to me that the whole world is moving toward Scala and FP. Your talk bring me back on the earth, and surely in future I will be more fact checking.

Now, the review part ;)
- You did not mentioned stackoverflow as source of language trends. I think it could be considered as quite reliable source of information. I think that summing the total number of views for all questions grouping by language could give some new data to think about.
- Did you read this? http://evanfarrer.blogspot.it/2012/06/unit-testing-isnt-enough-you-need.html (ok, it’s not strictly about fp vs oop, but somehow related to slide 29)
- The title itself of the talk. What I expected was something like “FP is super, this is the full list of shining pros”, but it was something really different. I told what the talk was about and many colleagues of mine told me that if only they knew that, they’d follow the talk. I think that something like “FP myths and facts” could communicate better the meaning of the talk.