A Brief Illustration of Functional Programming

Functional Programming is a powerful programming paradigm that tries to reduce bugs and make it easier to reason about an application by avoiding state changes and the mutation of global values, generally. In software coded using functional programming patterns, all functions can be understood by the arguments passed to them as parameters. There is no reliance on the instance variables of the class (like in Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) patterns) or some other state-dependent variable modified through assignment in runtime by the source code (like in Imperative Programming).
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1-Minute Markdown

What’s Markdown? Markdown is punctuation for the web. It enables authors to easily write documents that feature common online staples like links, images, as well as italicized, bold, and other types of rich text, using a simple, lightweight set of symbols that can easily be converted to HTML, doc, pdf, or rtf files. Since markdown files are just plain text, they’re an ultra-portable way to write web-compatible content without the mess of a WYSWIG editor or proprietary file types.
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An Event Loop Allegory

Two jugglers walked around a small track, practicing their craft. The first one, Sync, wasn’t really what you’d call a juggler, so much as an apprentice juggler or (less charitably) a juggler-wannabe - a straight up ball tossin’ poseur. Sync could only keep one ball in the air at a time. In fact, he only owned one ball. As he traced the circle of the track with his steps, his bouncy red ball would draw a series of parabolas in the air, tracing a gentle up-and-down curve following his path.
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