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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 13, 2018

It took me much longer than expected to finish the course and sometimes it made me feel stupid and helpless. Diving into functional programming was a mind bending experience, totally worth time spent!

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By Federico C

Apr 10, 2021

More general practise would be better. The assignments are very challenging.

By Satya R

Sep 24, 2016

It's a great course to understand the principles of functional programming.

By Julian C

Jun 26, 2017

Great assignments. Would have liked one more instead of having a week off.

By Alexander G

Feb 8, 2017

homework requires lost of effort and generally is not covered in lectures

By Otávio V

Jun 23, 2018

Sometimes I got bored in the videos, for me it should be more excersises

By Boy v D

May 26, 2017

Liked it a lot. The tests suites could sometimes be a bit better though.

By Andrius V

Sep 18, 2016

There are some issues with the course video, but overall great course :)

By Ronny H R

Mar 31, 2020

A bit abstract (mathematical) at times, but very well made, good videos


Nov 24, 2017

Really good course for starters!! the assignments have quality grading

By Luis V

Nov 23, 2017

Good course, with many important concepts and non trivial assignments.

By Nathan F

Jul 6, 2017

A very tough course, but great introduction to functional programming.

By Suraj S

Jan 18, 2017

Good Course! Helps to get the basic concept of Functional Programming.

By Ilya K

Mar 28, 2021

Programming assignments hard and don't reflect knowledge of scala

By Lorenzo

Dec 4, 2018

Very interesting and well taught. Could be more inspiring though.

By Zihan C

Feb 14, 2018

The homework is totally irrelevant with the course material...

By Arushi S

Dec 26, 2019

Got the basics of scala in a very interesting way. Thanks!!

By Konstantin S

Apr 16, 2019

A bit on the easy side, but otherwise a great FP 101 course

By ByungMoo A

Mar 6, 2018

lecture is grate. but Programming Assignment need to answer

By Sooraj A

Jun 15, 2020

Good course content. Learned more than the course content.


Jun 16, 2017

It is a good course for understanding functional language

By Emmanouil G

Nov 17, 2016

It could have been better if there were more unit tests.

By Bartek H

Aug 6, 2020

Very nice and informational, albeit chaotic in places.

By Alex M

Sep 4, 2016

Interesting problems to be solved in a functional way.

By Umais J

Jan 14, 2020

Well structured. Learnt a lot of functional paradigm.


Jun 24, 2017

Very good course, for anyone who want to learn scala!