Descartes, Berkeley and Functional Reactive Programming
Functional Reactive Programming (FRP) is generating buzz as an alternative to Object Oriented Programming (OOP) for certain use cases. However, an internet search quickly leads a curious and optimistic reader into the rabbit-hole of monads, functors, and other technical jargon. I’ve since emerged from this dark and lonely place with the realization that these words are mere implementation details, and that the core concepts are far more universal. In fact, the groundwork was laid down many centuries before the first computer, and has more to do with interpretations of reality, than structuring programs. Allow me to explain.
There’s an old thought experiment that goes like this: