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Forgive Me
2015-07-29 00:01:35 -0400
elixir Elixir

I have failed the religion of functional programming this week.

I attempted to loop over a list to populate a map using

When that didn't work, I attempted a list comprehension.

When that didn't work, I blamed scoping issues with closures.

And then, just when I was ready to dive off a cliff, I realized the error of my ways.

I used recursion.

It solved all my problems, including one nasty function where I used five temporary variables just to do a proper match. (Honest, I always planned to refactor that at some point...)

Confession is good for the soul, so I seek absolution in the most public of ways: Blogging.

(I already tweeted about it earlier tonight, so where else did I have to go?)

I have begun a six step process to grieve for these unearthly sins. I think the sixth step is to publish the code as a gist or something. A before and after. We'll see if my ego grants me that privilege by the end of the week...

Kids, use recursion. You can thank me later.

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