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About the Course

Functional programming is becoming increasingly widespread in industry. This trend is driven by the adoption of Scala as the main programming language for many applications. Scala fuses functional and object-oriented programming in a practical package. It interoperates seamlessly with both Java and Javascript. Scala is the implementation language of many important frameworks, including Apache Spark, Kafka, and Akka. It provides the core infrastructure for sites such as Twitter, Tumblr and also Coursera. In this course you will discover the elements of the functional programming style and learn how to apply them usefully in your daily programming tasks, such as modeling business domains or implementing business logic. You will also develop a solid foundation for reasoning about functional programs, by touching upon proofs of invariants and the tracing of execution symbolically. The course is hands on; most units introduce short programs that serve as illustrations of important concepts and invite you to play with them, modifying and improving them. The course is complemented by a series programming projects as homework assignments. 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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Oct 8, 2016

Really good explanation by the instructor. Good assignments. The assignments gave a good insights into functional programming. I loved the way the problems were decomposed into neat smaller functions.

Sep 23, 2019

As expected Martin is awesome in explaining principle of functional programming. I have started reading the book as well to make sure I keep up with the knowledge which I have gained from this course.

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By Rajiv T S

Jul 27, 2017

The course was a little more involved than I expected, but nevertheless worth the time you invest in it.

By ravi c

Jul 1, 2017

Need a bit more active participation in discussion forum. Other than that very well articulated course.

By Carlos G

Apr 24, 2017

This course is very good, but subject sequence, presentation design and user interaction could improve.

By Edward P

Feb 1, 2017

I took more than 12 hours to finish the assignment for week 4. The estimate (3h) is likely to be wrong.

By Mykyta M

Feb 3, 2021

The source provides with great theory, but practice assignments sometimes get way too complicated.

By Arnoud H

Jun 2, 2019

Bit chaotic at the start. Later some nice functional programming paradigms and scala internals.

By Kelvin G

Jan 2, 2019

Not very (functional programming) beginner friendly, but absolutely worth the pain and effort!!

By Michał P

Jun 13, 2017

A bit dry at times but overall a comprehensive introduction to functional programming in Scala.

By Marco v S

Aug 7, 2016

Covers fundamental theory well and examples and exercises are chosen well to make it practical.

By Alessandro M

May 28, 2020

Course is very good and is explaining very well how to start Functional Programming in Scala.

By Michele L

Jun 19, 2018

great course but missing the possibility to download the code of the exercises in the videos

By Pooshan V

Oct 19, 2018

Need more practice walk through exercise. Need more example and steps. Overall really good.

By Wolfgang M

Mar 31, 2018

Very good introduction to Scala. Elegant programming shown by Mr. Odersky was fun to watch!

By Vilmos Á

Oct 21, 2016

I really enjoyed completing challenges, but videos were a bit too theoretical for my taste.

By Kevin T

Jun 30, 2016

Assignments up until the last one were relatively easy, which is the only criticism I have.

By Obada J

Oct 1, 2016

the only problem here is the assigments, they are hard and unrelated somehow to the videos

By Edgar T

May 2, 2020

Great introductory course for those starting a journey in Functional Programming or Scala

By Hardik S

Oct 22, 2018

Challenging course if you are joining without any past formal education on CS concepts

By Rúben A M d C

Aug 23, 2017

very good course. Teached the basics of scala and allows for more courses to be taken

By Rudolf Z

Jul 29, 2017

Good explanation of Functional Programming basic concepts. Assignments are also good.

By Kuba F

Aug 3, 2016

Great course to learn basics for Scala, but for me too much math related assignments.

By Roger F C

Jun 13, 2017

Little bit hard. But the teacher is a genius... So its dificult to follow some times

By Shriraj B

Mar 16, 2020

Good Course to wrap up with scala, and how to think functionally when writing code.

By Eduardo C

Jul 27, 2017

Good introduction, some information seem to basic to be able to solve the exercises

By Hanif N

Aug 4, 2016

Really helped me understand the basic concepts of functional programming and Scala