About the Book
Functional programming has a reputation of being too nerdy, academic, and inscrutable to be useful for "common" programmers. That reputation is only partially unearned, but the concepts behind functional programming are entirely within reach of every programmer in any modern language. That includes PHP. This book takes the reader through the basics of functional programming, the new capabilities of PHP 7.4 that make it even easier, and the computer-science-y underpinnings that make it all possible.
Computer scientists and software engineers tend to speak in entirely different languages, which is part of what makes learning more academic concepts difficult. This book offers both: Practical, applicable examples of how to leverage functional programming, category theory, and even the scary m-word. We start with the very basics and build up slowly, covering both the practical and theoretical just enough to be useful in everyday code.
About the Editor
Larry Garfield is an aspiring blacksmith who moonlights as a Staff Engineer for the TYPO3 project. He has been an active part of the PHP community for many years, in a variety of roles formal and informal. When not trying to hand-forge his own medieval armory from scratch he tries to teach developers and development managers the skills of yesteryear that the industry has forgotten.