Philly ETE 2020 – Richard Feldman – The Next Paradigm Shift in Programming

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Originally, GOTO statements were widespread. Then structured and procedural programming appeared, and now that’s the normal way of doing conditionals, and the previously widespread GOTO statements are widely considered an antipattern. When garbage collection first appeared, it was largely ignored outside academia. Then hardware got faster, and since the 1990s garbage collection has become the norm in industry.

When functional programming first appeared, it was largely ignored outside academia. In the last decade it has started getting more popular. What will be the next paradigm shift in programming…and has it already begun?

About Richard Feldman

Richard is a functional programmer who specializes in pushing the limits of browser-based UIs. He’s built seamless-immutable, a JavaScript immutables library that seamlessly interoperates with normal JS collections; elm-css, a CSS preprocessor where you write Elm instead of CSS; and Dreamwriter, a long-form writing Web App written in Elm which works like a desktop app in the absence of an Internet connection.