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Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Posted 30 March 2013 - 02:56 AM

Is anyone doing this course? I enjoyed the Porgramming Languages course a lot and this one seems to continue in the same theme. The course is part way through week 1 just now but the first homework is due in about a week from now for anyone who wants to join in. I expect that a lot of the same detail will be covered as in the Programming Languages course. For me this is an opportunity to consolidate that information while learning a little about Scala. A major attraction for me is that the course is taught by the man who designed the language.

Course page: https://www.coursera.../course/progfun

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Re: Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:22 PM

Interesting course. I learned a lot from it. You'll probably have a bit of a leg up, since you've got some ML under your belt at this point.

As always, the FP guys are a little more smug about their paradigm than I think is warranted by the facts, but whatever. There's a lot of useful stuff there. Recommended.
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Re: Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:30 AM

He taught us classes this week. Classes in Scala look really simple and concise. You know, all the hype around scala put me off it for a long time and I think I've been missing out.
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Re: Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Posted 05 April 2013 - 03:56 AM

I, along with half of the developers I work with are taking this course.

So far it's been really good and I'd recommend others who want to program more functionally to take it.
The fact that it uses my favourite language is a bonus too.
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Re: Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Posted 05 April 2013 - 09:46 AM

View Postcfoley, on 04 April 2013 - 03:30 AM, said:

He taught us classes this week. Classes in Scala look really simple and concise. You know, all the hype around scala put me off it for a long time and I think I've been missing out.

Scala's a language that I think, if it were to replace Java at my place of work, I would happily learn it. When considering languages to learn in an extra-curricular fashion, I chose Clojure, but Scala definitely seems like a move in the right direction, especially if the multi-paradigm approach garners better adoption.
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