Functional Programming Leaders with Doug Beardsley


March 10th, 2021

48 mins 58 secs

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About this Episode

This episode's guest is Doug Beardsley, also known as mightybyte, director of engineering at Kadena, a blockchain company that uses Haskell in production. Doug is one of the few software engineering leaders who have used Haskell and advanced functional programming techniques in production systems for a long time at various companies. If you are interested in how he came into this position, as well as how he sees functional programming evolve and now positioned in the wider software industry, this episode is for you!

In this series, Robin Bate-Boerop talks to industry leaders of the functional programming world. A decade ago, functional programming was still perceived as a niche tool for early adopters. Since then, it has grown into a mature option for the software industry and has been used in a wide variety of influential projects, demonstrating the enormous value that core principles such as composability, reproducibility, correctness can bring. Other ecosystems adopted related ideas such as elaborate type systems that were once only appreciated by academics. Robin's guests have experienced and shaped this thrilling evolution of the way we write computer programs, discussing industry trends, community insights and various technologies on the show.

Episode Links

  • Kadena — Kadena, where Doug is director of engineering, is a hybrid blockchain platform partly written in Haskell. It consists of a public blockchain, a permissioned network, and the Pact smart contract language.
  • Doug's homepage