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Programming Paradigms

What are Programming Paradigms?

A Programming Paradigm is a (somewhat-arbitrary) classification that programmers use to Label major differences of approach when solving problems in Programming.

Most (if not all) major Programming Languages in use today combine elements from multiple different Programming Paradigms in their design and implementation. 

Since a Programming Paradim is essentially just a loose description of the approach that a programmer chooses when solving problems, it is often possible to solve the same problem using multiple paradims even within the same language. 

That said, most languages give extra attention to facilitating a particular paradigmatic approach more strongly than others. This leads certain languages (or individual language features) to become associated with certain paradigms. As an example, Haskell is strongly associated with the Functional Programming Paradigm.

At the end of the day, a Programming Paradigm is a style of Thinking that applies to Programming tasks (and sometimes other tasks too).

The most common Programming Paradigms in use today are:

Programming Paradigm Concepts

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