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Why use three languages to make a stunning web page when you can use just one?

How do you make a web page? Normally, you have to write code in a combination of languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The HTML you write determines what elements appear in the page. The CSS determines how the HTML looks. The JavaScript gives the whole page life and interactivity.

Elm, though, is a single programming language designed to compile to actual, functional web pages! In other words, you write Elm code and the Elm compiler turns it into the CSS, HTML, and JavaScript that makes up the final page.

Elm is a relatively new functional programming language. It both looks and feels a lot like if JavaScript and Haskell had a baby: a particularly feisty baby that immediately gave the React framework some competition.

Now, I have to say that I always like learning new programming languages, which is why I write these articles! Elm in particular, though, was probably the most fun I’ve had with a new programming language in a very long time. I won’t say it’s easy, particularly if you haven’t done much functional programming before, but it’s very satisfying.

To get started with Elm, you can go to the language’s homepage and even follow along with our examples by clicking the “Try Online” button.

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