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28 Jul 2022

The "M" word (Monads)

When you start with functional programming, saying the M word is like swearing. This esoteric, strange, and uncommon word points to a general pattern that takes some time to grasp. Despite saying that a monad is a monoid in the category of endofunctors is accurate, for a newbie is as unhelpful as comparing monads with burritos. It just misses the point.

Here are some videos I found valuable for understanding this concept with a practical approach.

The Absolute Best Intro to Monads For Software Engineers

A Monads Approach for Beginners, in Scala | Rock the JVM

Another Approach to Monads in Scala: A Way to Generalize Chained Computations

What is a Monad? - Computerphile

See you next time.