Anna Doubkova Interview

With the conference just around the corner, we have Anna from Pizzahut talking to us about her journey into functional programming.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a programmer who studies psychotherapy. I love logic, spotting patterns, analysis, solving problems; as well as drawing, writing poetry, playing a harp. I enjoy discovering new things in tech, travelling, and having long discussions over a good drink with fellow coders.

How did you get into programming?

When I was 13, I had a blog on livejournal and spent a lot of time enhancing its layouts. I learnt css and html to keep up with the amazing, flashy designs of my friends’ blogs. Later on, I added javascript to my website to make things move and pop-up. A few years later, I found myself studying Cybernetics and Robotics because I fell in love with Isaac Asimov’s books.

How did you get into functional programming?

I had the luck of working with some very bright, talented devs at Red Badger who introduced me to FP.

Why that tech?

It’s logical, easy to test and reason about, scales well. Also, it’s kind of beautiful.

Why that talk?

FP has so much value in programming, and it seems a shame front-end developers seem hesitant to adopt it. I know it’s hard to pick up the principles - I struggled, too - but it’s so worth it. I like speaking on this topic to bring FP to as many front-enders as possible. Convert the masses ;)

Thank you Anna for taking the time to talk to us! The conference is just around the corner and if you want to visit her lecture on Functional Programming in React be sure to get your ticket now.

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