Software Engineer based out of Washington DC. Working at PBS!
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Functional Programming is the practices of writing code using solely functions avoiding both changing state and mutable data. 
What does that mean?
- Side-effect Free - programmed in such a way where each function is isolated from each other.
- Easy to Optimize - Since each function is isolated, it can be its best form without worrying how it effects other functions
- Easy to Test - See Above
- Easy to Parallelize - See Above
I don't know... and I am sad about choosing it :-)
What is Haskell?
A standardized, general-purpose purely functional programming language, with non-strict semantics and strong static typing. 
What is Haskell? (Con't)
Prelude> putStrLn "Hello, world!" Hello, world! Prelude> :t putStrLn putStrLn :: String -> IO ()
Above is the "Hello World!" example in Haskell along with showing the definition of the `putStrLn` function.
What is Haskell? (Con't)
Prelude> let fac n = if n == 0 then 1 else n * fac (n-1) Prelude> fac 10 3628800
Above is the "fibonacci sequence" example in Haskell. It's pretty cool how it's recursive and easy!
Let's get serious (Guessing Game)
import System.Random import Control.Monad(when) isValidNumber n = do n > 0 && n < 10 testGuessedNumber a b = do if a == b then putStrLn "You're correct!" else putStrLn $ "Sorry, the correct answer was " ++ show a main = do gen <- getStdGen let (randNumber, _) = randomR (1,10) gen :: (Int, StdGen) putStr "Which number in the range from 1 to 10 am I thinking of? " numberString <- getLine when (not $ null numberString) $ do let number = read numberString if isValidNumber number then testGuessedNumber randNumber number else putStrLn $ "Please select a number between 1 and 10!" newStdGen main
Let's get more serious!
import System.Random -- LOL randomNumber = 4 -- chosen by fair dice roll. -- guaranteed to be random. isValidNumber :: Int -> Bool isValidNumber n | n > 0 && n < 10 = True | otherwise = False testGuessedNumber :: Int -> Int -> Bool testGuessedNumber a b | a == b = True | otherwise = False getInt :: IO Int getInt = do num <- getLine return $ (read num :: Int) main :: IO () main = do putStr "Which number in the range from 1 to 10 am I thinking of? " number <- getInt if isValidNumber number then run randomNumber number else putStrLn "please select a number between 1 and 10." run :: Int -> Int -> IO() run r n | outcome == True = do putStrLn "You Win!" | outcome == False = do putStrLn "You guessed incorrectly, please try again." number <- getInt run r number where outcome = testGuessedNumber r n
I was impressed with a lot of what Haskell had to offer. Would I use it again? - No...
A Pythonista's Day-O-Haskell
By Josh Finnie