Rust versus C/++
Normally I have code samples. Tonight I just feel like rambling about code. In particular I want to make a case for Functional versus Imperative Systems level programming and how Functional programming is better for the developer economy because we can't trust developers to write good code.
Pretty much everyone codes Node.js though
It's become pretty apparent that pretty much every new startup starts their codebase off in Node.js. It's also pretty apparent that a majority of these developers have never coded a Linked List before let alone have a rudimentary understanding of OOP and Big O Notation. The reason I bring this up is because Node.js is an imperative language that is interpreted through C. Generally people are more comfortable with this programming paradigm. However it comes with a lot of caveats and problems that make it much more easy to make mistakes.
Immutability versus Mutability
While mutable functions and variables are amazing for flexibility. How do you think your RAM and CPU feel moving those bits around? Not really good, trust me. Immutable variables and functions enable for higher performance and not to mention less error prone code. You're less likely to make a mistake if variable "foobar" is always equal to "foobar".
Pure and Impure Functions
This is less talked about, but also goes down the same route of producing less errors when you are garaunteed to write a pure function always. Pure functions mean that regardless of the input you have. The input you put into the function will always produce the same result. Of course there are contexts when pseudo randomness will produce impurity in functional programming. However, if you are writing primarily pure functions. You are less likely to make errors.
Because compiler level logic is much more predictable in a functional paradigm. You don't even have to free memory like you do in C. Unless you wrote your own functional language and are not using Haskell or Rust. You don't even have to worry about garbage collection and freeing unused memory. Talk about less worry and less likelihood of having an OOM error.
Why does this matter?
This matters because a lot of developers have no idea how even a list works. Let alone the difference and benefits of functional versus imperative programming. I mean I have written how a linked list works on my blog. But I do feel like we need to do a better job explaining how these things work.