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thougthfulness of facebook's reasonml and reasonreact

Facebook recently released 0.3 version of reason and reasonreact for creating UIs. Instead of using typescript, you would use reasonml. reasonml is based on OCaml which has both functional and OOP capabilities. Why is how facebook is integrating reasonml into their ecosystem brillant? facebook recognizes that the ocaml syntax is a burden to learn. reasonml is a more javascript oriented syntax of ocaml. ocaml syntax is, as many functional languages are, harder to learn than say google’s go or really it’s difficult if you are not used to functional syntax. syntax is a big burden for migration of existing devs. The great part is that they are making it easy for a certain group, such as js programmers, to migrate.facebook has created reasonreact using only a subset of ocaml. No OOP components. And they reduce the surface area of the reactjs APIs to something appropriate for the functional world. The API is small and easy to learn. It does not offer everything that the reactjs API offers b…