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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn PureScript

PureScript is a small strongly, statically typed programming language with expressive types, written in and inspired by Haskell, and compiling to Javascript. It can be used to develop web applications, server side apps, and also desktop applications with use of Electron.

Features of this language include:

  • Compile to readable JavaScript and reuse existing JavaScript code easily.
  • An extensive collection of libraries for development of web applications, web servers, apps and more.
  • Excellent tooling and editor support with instant rebuilds.
  • An active community with many learning resources.
  • Build real-world applications using functional techniques and expressive types, such as:
    • Algebraic data types and pattern matching.
    • Row polymorphism and extensible records.
    • Higher kinded types.
    • Type classes with functional dependencies.
    • Higher-rank polymorphism.

Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn PureScript.


1. Make the Leap from Javascript to PureScript by Alex Kelley

Make the Leap from JavaScript to PureScript takes some of the most popular functional programming (FP) abstractions in JavaScript and demonstrates how to implement them in PureScript.

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2. Learn PureScript in Y minutes by Fredrik Dyrkell and contributors

PureScript is a small strongly, statically typed language compiling to JavaScript.

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3. A guide to the PureScript numeric hierarchy by Harry Garrood

This guide aims to give an introduction to the mathematics behind the numeric hierarchy of type classes in PureScript’s Prelude, aimed at people who haven’t (necessarily) studied mathematics beyond a high-school level.

The guide is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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4. 24 Days of PureScript 2016 by Phil Freeman

This is a series of blog posts inspired by Oliver Charles’ 24 Days of Hackage, to highlight some of the great work which was being done in the PureScript community.

The posts are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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5. What I Wish I Knew When Learning PureScript by Matthias Pronk

What I Wish I Knew When Learning PureScript offers a concise overview of the PureScript language and ecosystem, in the same style as “What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell” by Stephen Diehl.

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6. Purescript: Haskell + Javascript by Monday Morning Haskell

This series explores PureScript, from the absolute basics of the language to building full web UI’s.

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7. Real World Halogen by Thomas Honeyman

This guide demonstrates how to build a real world single-page application in PureScript and its most popular framework, Halogen. It comes with over 2,000 lines of commented code so you can see exactly how the ideas presented here translate to idiomatic PureScript.

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