Kevin Feasel

Camp Counselor

A Map to Success: Functional Programming for Database Developers

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 7:30 PM UTC, for 1 hour.

AT THAT (In-Person Only) Regular, 60 minute presentation

Room: C

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Over the past several years, we have seen a resurgence of interest in functional programming languages, particularly with the success of Scala and R in the marketplace. Although object-oriented (oo) design remains the dominant software development paradigm, even oo-first languages have seen a shift toward the functional mindset with the emphasis on LINQ in C# and lambdas in Java. This move toward a functional style should be particularly welcome for data platform specialists, who already have a leg up in understanding functional programming concepts thanks to their work with SQL. In this talk, we will focus on one functional programming language, F#. We will look at some of the basics of the language and see how you can translate knowledge of SQL into a pipeline-driven functional programming language. We will also see areas where F# integrates smoothly with SQL, creating a powerful way to extend your SQL skills beyond queries.

Prerequisites

Knowledge of SQL is helpful.

Take Aways

  • Learn what "functional programming" is
  • Learn why we might want to learn functional programming languages like F#
  • Learn how to perform a variety of tasks with F#
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