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Functional Programming with a Mainstream Language
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by Sadek Drobi on Oct 22, 2009 | NOTICE: The next QCon is in San Francisco Nov 16-20, 2015. Join us!

Sadek Drobi shows how he applied functional programming principles to a real-life project which needed to meet certain performance requirements. He shares the lessons learnt on using mutation, laziness, recursion, functions, monads, list comprehensions and parallelization in an attempt to achieve a functional domain model.


Sadek Drobi is a software engineer specialized in design and implementation of enterprise applications. He is a programming languages evangelist at Valtech France (, where he works as consultant and tech lead, currently working on a research proposal relative to language oriented programming and multiparadigm design. He maintains a technical blog at

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