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A software blog by Joseph Junker
An Introduction to Algebraic Data Types
Structured, concrete data
14 Mar 2020
In my last post I said that there were three fundamental approaches to representing data: abstract data types, objects, and algebraic data types. I introduced abstract data types and objects (using a strict definition of “object” based on autognosis) and showed the tradeoffs of implementing data structures in these two...
Abstract Data Types and Objects
Two fundamental approaches to data abstraction
14 Mar 2020
There are three main methods of representing data which developers are likely to encounter: abstract data types, algebraic data types, and objects. Abstract data types (frequently abbreviated “ADTs”) are likely familiar to developers with a computer science background, and algebraic data types (unfortunately also abbreviated “ADTs”) are likely familiar to...
My Medium blog
09 Mar 2020
The Problem with "Overengineering"
07 Mar 2020
I worry about using terms which have heavily overloaded meanings. In software discourse, “simple” and “complex” may be the most pernicious, and using them without referencing a specific definition is virtually guaranteed to cause misunderstanding and strife. In the same vein, I’ve recently developed an aversion to the term “overengineering”....