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Learning Elixir by Kenny Ballou

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Flow-based programming

Let's move on to discuss another topic that isn't necessarily new, but is recently making a stir in the programming world.

Flow-based programming or programming with pipes is a way of specifying and solving particular problems in terms of a flow and a connection of interconnected units. At its basis, flow-based programming defines a sequence of operations that will be performed. Each element in the sequence (of computation) defines a specific computation, and computes and passes to the next in the sequence. Ignoring types for a moment, each unit is independent of each other. Each can be modified without dramatically affecting other components in the flow.

Flow-based programming inherently requires the immutability constructs ...

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