Free download Functional Programming in Python by Martin McBrid. Published by Axlesoft. English | 156 Pages | True (PDF, EPUB, MOBI) | ISBN: 9781800200661

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Description of Functional Programming in Python

Python supports four programming paradigms – imperative, procedural, object-oriented, and functional. Of these, functional programming is probably the least understood and the least used. This book covers several topics that are directly and indirectly related to functional programming.

After a quick overview of functional programming and its characteristics, it explains the various concepts of Python, starting with functions. You’ll learn how to change the value of an object by using mutability.

You’ll then look at recursion as a more functional alternative to looping for certain algorithms, and learn how memoization alleviates the limitations of recursion in certain situations. The book further explains how to use closures as function factories and how to handle errors and exceptions with functors and monads.

By the end of this book, you’ll have all the knowledge you need for developing your applications with it.

What you will learn

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of functional programming
  • Use closures in your code to dynamically create functions
  • Create your own iterators
  • Use the general-purpose functools to create your own specialized reducing functions
  • Study and implement list and generator comprehensions to create lists
  • Create customized iterators with generators


  • Study in detail all aspects of functional programming, including immutability, generators, and more
  • Reinforce your learning through elaborate examples
  • Learn how to implement advanced topics like closures, memoization, and monads in your applications