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Functional Programming

Pure Functions

o   Given the same input will always return the same output


o   Must have a base criterion – a condition in which when met, closes the recursion and returns a resulto   Must actively move toward the base criteriono   Often a function will call itself carrying the latest value to the next call via method signature or parameters until the base criterion is met

Referential Transparency (Substitution Principle)

o   States that you can replace a value in an expression without changing its behavioro   Templating Syntax or Interpolation would fall under this category

Functions are First Class & Can Be Higher Order

This means that functions come first over other structure principles, for example in Java classes come first and methods / functions are encapsulated by classes.
Higher Order Function is defined as meeting one of the following
- Takes in functions as arguments- Returns a function

CS Stuff

Model View Controller (MVC)

o   Model: Structures data in a reliable wayo   View: Displays data in an easy to understand formato   Controller: Takes in commands to the model for data updates and send instructions to the view to updateo   Support modularity and reusability


o   “named” program regions used to limit the scope of variable, functions, or classes within a programo   Help avoid conflict with existing definitionso   Help support encapsulation


o   Translate program one line at a timeo   Increased analysis efficiencyo   Decreased execution efficiencyo   Require less Space Complexityo   JavaScript, Python, and Ruby use interpreters


o   Translate Entire Programo   Decreased analysis efficiencyo   Increased execution efficiencyo   Require more Space Complexityo   C, C++, and Java use compilerso   Umbrella term to describe when the code of one program is processes into another languageo   Example: In C using gcc “compiles” C source code into machine language


o   Translate Entire Programo   Similar to a compiler in that it takes one source code and processes it into anothero   Almost a subset of a compilero   The output of a transpiler still has to go through a Compiler or Interpretero   Example:- Babel: Transpiles ES6 JavaScript to ES5 JavaScript- Emscripten: Transpiles C/C++ to JavaScript

Runtime Environment

o   When a program is executed it is in a “runtime state”o   In this state, the program communicates with the hardware and accomplishes tasks

Call Stack

o   Mechanism for an interpreter to keep track of its place within a script that call multiple functionso   FILO, stack implemented in a runtime environmento   Data structure that records place of current executiono   Similar to Heap but varies:- Stack data structure (linear)- Fast access- Only supports local variable- Limit on memory allocation- Immutable- Memory allocated contiguously

Assembly Language

o   Low-level programming languageo   Indented to directly communicate with computer hardwareo   Differs from machine language in that it is designed to be human readableo   In general, assembly languages acts as a bridge between software and hardware

Machine Language

o   Low-level programming languageo   Indented to directly communicate with computer hardwareo   Consists of binary and hexadecimal character


o   Synchronous--Blocks next operation until current operation is completeo   Asynchronous--Can execute another task before the current task is complete


Dynamic Scope§  Not very common: Mathematica, Lisp, LuaLexical / Static Scope§  Common to most programming languages§  Set the range of functionality of a variable to that it can only be referenced from within the block of code in which it is defined§  Scope can be broken into Built-in, Global, Enclosed, and Local§  Closure is when a block or function closes it attributes to only to modifiers that are within the block of code itself§  Pretty much every modern language uses Lexical Scoping

Memory Heap

o   Can be used in parity with a Call Stack in a runtime environmento   Similar to a Call Stack but varies:- Heap data structure (hierarchical)- Slower access- Often supports global variables whereas a call stack only holds the local scope of the current executions- No limit on memory allocations- Mutable- Memory allocated randomly

Concurrency & Parallelism

o   Concurrency is executing multiple tasks at the same time, but not simultaneously.- Two or more tasks work in overlapping time periods

Threading & Processes

o   Threads -> sequence of code execution which are independent of one anothero   Process -> the instance of a running program. A program can be multiprocessoro   If you want to use more than more than one core in a CPU you will want to use multiprocessing- By default Java and C do this- Python has a Global Interpreter Lock (GIL) built in to prevent more than one thread from interpreting Python. This however can be overridden with Python’s built-in multiprocessing moduleo    Single Threaded LanguageLimits runtime environment to 1 call stack and 1 memory heap

Big Data


  • Centralized — Old school UPS logistics but with computers
  • Decentralized — Two or more centralized systems that can communicate
  • Distributed — Web of systems, think current logistics


  • A big part of how queries work on scaled data infrastructure that lives on distributed systems.
o   Processing large data sets in a distributed fashion over several machineso   Mapping dataset into a collection of <key, value> pairs, and then reducing over all pairs with the same keyo   A map reduce is split into two scripts- A mapping script- A reduce scripto   A map reduce execution utilize the divide and conquer methodology over a distributed computing structure.

Hadoop (Popular Data Platform)

Framework for Big Data§  Contains two modules- MapReduce- Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS)Uses Sub-Projects§  Hive -- SQL like scripts to preform MapReduce Functions§  Sqoop -- Import Export data to and from HDFS and (Relational Database Management System) RDBMS§  Pig -- procedural language to develop scripts for MapReduce Operations
Hadoop Structure

What is it that makes Hadoop so valuable for Big Data?

  • A traditional database like MySQL has similar components to Hadoop. There is a query language, that query language directs the database architecture to find the data (I/O) and the metadata (Model) attached to it.
  • Hadoop is special because it separates the metadata layer from the data (increasing the abstraction of the design) and utilizes AWS S3’s existing distributed computing structure.

Languages / Tools


Aim to replace C++ and Java by:§  Increasing compilation efficiency§  Increasing execution efficiency§  Increase / Support readability§  Increasing consistency§  Allow development in multiple languages§  Allowing easier maintenance of dependenciesSpecial Sauce:§  Multithreading & Concurrency·      GoLang aims to keep pace with hardware changes that allow for more threading and concurrent efficiency§  Compilation Efficiency- Go is a compiled language like C/C++- It also does garbage collection and object removal like Java§  Unmatched Simplicity- No Templates- Single Executable – No Runtime Engine Needed- No Built in Libraries§  Built-in Testing Framework and Profiling§  Easy Learning Curve


o   Mis of OOP and Functional Programmingo   Can be used for Machine Learning to Web Apps


  • Synchronous / Multithreaded / Semi-OOP
  • Low-level, used everywhere:
Linux, Mac, Word, Everything, PHP, Perl, Video Games, BLoomber, MySQL, Microsoft OS

.NET / C# / F# / Visual Basic


  • Synchronous / Multithreaded / OOP

Use cases: Applets, Applications, Server Suites, Open Source, Apache, Mobile apps, etc.


  • single-threaded, non-blocking, and concurrent
o   Async is possible because under the hood, JavaScript engines use multithreaded languages like C++ (Chrome) & Rust (Firefox)o   JavaScript is a interpreted language and requires an engine to convert it into machine code.o   V8 and engine / interpreter (used in Node and Chrome) does this.Contains: a memory heap, Call Stack, Event loop, Callback queue


o   Hypertext Preprocessoro   Useful for web developmento   WordPresso   Lamp Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)o   Laravel is a PHP framework (for Web Artisans!)

HTML/CSS (Web-centric)

Hypertext Markup Language
Cascading Style Sheets


  • Synchronous / Single-Threaded / Semi-OOP


o   Language designed to transpiled into JavaScripto   It is impossible to leave a problem unhandledo   Immutableo   Maintainableo   Highly readable

Ruby On Rails


Same§  Self-Describing§  Hierarchical§  Can be used by a large amount of languages§  Can be fetched with an HttpRequestDifferent§  JSON doesn’t use tags§  JSON is shorter§  JSON is quicker to read and write§  JSON can use arrays

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