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Functional Program Design in Scala

Functional Program Design in Scala

Created by:  Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne

Taught By: Martin Odersky, Professor Computer Science

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What You will Learn?

  • Week 1: For Expressions and Monads
  • Week 2: Lazy Evaluation
  • Week 3: Functions and State
  • Week 4: Timely Effects

Online Course Description:

In this course you will learn how to apply the functional programming style in the design of larger applications. You’ll get to know important new functional programming concepts, from lazy evaluation to structuring your libraries using monads. We’ll work on larger and more involved examples, from state space exploration to random testing to discrete circuit simulators. You’ll also learn some best practices on how to write good Scala code in the real world.

Several parts of this course deal with the question how functional programming interacts with mutable state. We will explore the consequences of combining functions and state. We will also look at purely functional alternatives to mutable state, using infinite data structures or functional reactive programming.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • recognize and apply design principles of functional programs,
  • design functional libraries and their APIs,
  • competently combine functions and state in one program,
  • understand reasoning techniques for programs that combine functions and state,
  • write simple functional reactive applications.

Recommended background: You should have at least one year programming experience. Proficiency with Java or C# is ideal, but experience with other languages such as C/C++, Python, Javascript or Ruby is also sufficient. You should have some familiarity using the command line.

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