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Collection Pipeline

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Collection Pipeline by Martin Fowler.

From the post:

Collection pipelines are a programming pattern where you organize some computation as a sequence of operations which compose by taking a collection as output of one operation and feeding it into the next. (Common operations are filter, map, and reduce.) This pattern is common in functional programming, and also in object-oriented languages which have lambdas. This article describes the pattern with several examples of how to form pipelines, both to introduce the pattern to those unfamiliar with it, and to help people understand the core concepts so they can more easily take ideas from one language to another.

With a bit of Smalltalk history thrown in, this is a great read. Be mindful of software stories. You will learn that useful features have been dropped, ignored, re-invented throughout software history.