09 Jul '13, 2am

Blogged: Shopping in Infinite Space.

Tags: retail , ecommerce , vector space , mathematics , encoding , and immutability Long hours driving the open road grant me that rare luxury: time to think about everything and nothing. I love freely associating ideas as the miles roll by. Over a brief vacation this past week, a few ideas collided in my head (somewhere near Story City, IA, if I recall correctly) and stuck together in an amusing way. I'd like to share that with you now---let's have some fun. I was thinking about mutability, immutability, and systems design. I love immutability in the small. Pure functions over immutable arguments are so much easier to work with than squirmy, stateful goop. When we use a wider lens, though, it's much less clear how to build full-scale systems that have the same nice properties. For instance, think about a retail system. A shopping cart is just inherently mutable, isn't it?...

Full article: http://thinkrelevance.com/blog/2013/07/08/shopping-in-inf...

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