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5 Things you didn’t know about Elm

Or perhaps you did. Reminders can’t hurt, though.1. Changing types in record update syntaxRecord update syntax { a | b = c } is restricted in various ways: you cannot add or remove fields, but only change the values of fields. In that regard, they are very much like labeled tuples: the general shape can’t change.

Optimising for performance in Elm, Pt. 4

Optimising a toHex functionThe other day, someone on the Elm-lang Slack asked for an (efficient) toHex : Int -> String implementation. Of course, efficiency shouldn’t be the primary concern when doing something like that - fredcy/elm-parseint already provides some very nice functions that cover this, as well as a plethora of other int <-> string conversions with different radixes.Nevertheless, @unsoundscapes jumped to the rescue, and tried a couple of different implementations:

Optimising for performance in Elm, Pt. 3

Optimising the rebalancing operation in a self-balancing binary search treeOne of the core requirements for a self-balancing binary search tree, is that it, well, self-balances. Balancing strategies are what set different binary search tree variant apart. In this example, let’s have a look at the self-balancing operations as I had originally implemented them for a Dict based on AVL trees.

Optimising for performance in Elm, Pt. 2

Optimising the foldl operation in a recursive data structureLet’s start with a some code I plucked from an earlier implementation of an alternative Dict implementation., that seems like a fairly straightforward foldl implementation: Recursively execute the operation on the left side, then execute the operation on your own data using the accumulated value from before, then feed that to folding over the right hand side.There’s something here that’s going

Optimising for performance in Elm, Pt. 1

Part 1: IntroductionFirst, let’s get the obvious disclaimers out of the way.

The real problem is that programmers have spent far too much time worrying about efficiency in the wrong places and at the wrong times; premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming.

— Computer Programming as an Art (1974) - Donald KnuthNow that we’re sure we’re not doing it prematurely…

Unit-test output formats — a state of affairs

We live in modern times. We have an incredible wealth of tooling for our development needs, many of it “language agnostic”. We have IDE’s capable of managing source files in many different languages, build-tools that may compile and run code written in many different languages, and so much interoperability it’ll make your head float.