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Discussion on: Why isn't Functional Programming the Norm?

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Jeremy Forsythe

The biggest factor for my team is the pressure of forward progress. The amount of time needed to teach a dev Haskell and a whole different approach to development isn't worth it from a business perspective.

On the other hand, I can teach any dev to use specific FP techniques in their existing languages in a couple hours.

Until there's a real use case where a fully FP language is the best and fastest tool for the job, or until some other languages become better at true FP development, this is where we land.

We could change this but it goes back to academia where we teach (incorrect) OOP as classical inheritance. It's hard enough to get Jrs to stop typing "class" or thinking in that way.