Elm for Beginners

Author: James Moore

** Note: Based on Elm 0.18

Curious why Functional Programming is on the Rise?
Do you wish there was a better option than JavaScript?
Would you like to learn Elm or Functional Programming in general, but short on time?

If you answered yes, then this FREE course is for you.

What is Elm?

Elm is an amazing new functional programming language for building Front End Web Applications.
Elm was designed as an answer to the following question:

"What would be a good language for building front end web apps?"

Elm has been thoughtfully crafted over the last several Years by it’s creator Evan Czaplicki, adding just enough features to make it powerful but still simple to use.
Elm, unlike most other functional programming languages, achieves a nice balance between Idealism and Pragmatism.

Why should you consider using Elm?

Elm offers many benefits over JavaScript, which you’ll see in this course.

Benefits such as:

  • Zero Runtime Exceptions
  • Simplified Debugging
  • Easy Refactoring
  • Helpful Type System & Compiler
  • Improved Productivity
  • Inherently testable code
  • Enforced Semantic Versioning
  • and more...

Personally, I like Elm because it makes my life Simpler, it’s a Joy to use and I’m just more productive.

"I’ve tried to learn functional programming before, but ..."

If you’ve ever dabbled in a functional programming language, or tried to learn functional programming but became frustrated by the learning curve, let me tell you things are different with Elm.

You won’t see a bunch of scary academic terms in the Elm documentation or from hear it from the Elm community.
Elm is very approachable, and is the best language to learn functional programming.

"Should I learn elm if I can’t use it at work?"

Even if you never use Elm Professionally in your Job, it’s still totally worth learning.
You’ll gain functional programming skills that you can take back to your imperative languages... However you may find that Elm is so nice, you may just become the advocate that persuades your employer to start using it at work ;)

What we’ll build

After you learn the basics, we’ll build a portion of a Realtime Basketball Scorekeeping App. Specifically we’ll create a prototype of the Scorekeeping interface, turning a mockup into a working app.

Score keeping App


You should have a basic understanding of Html, Css and JavaScript before taking this course.

"What am I going to get from this course?"

  • Learn how to setup your Elm development environment
  • Understand the Basic Concepts of Functional Programming
  • Know how to write pure functions and use immutable data
  • Comprehension of Elm’s Type system
  • Ability to use Elm Packages
  • Know how to Build Elm Apps using the Html.App package
  • Understand how to Debug Elm Apps
  • and more...

Target Audience

Web developers that are curious about the benefits of Functional Programming and Elm.
Web developers that are interested in expanding their horizons.

Git Repo

The companion git repo for this course can be found at:


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