Course info
Nov 21, 2018
1h 13m

Functional programming is not a new concept, but in the past few years, it has seen a sharp growth in usage and general interest. However, it's not always clear why anyone should be interested in functional programming. In this course, Functional Programming: The Big Picture, you’ll learn about what functional programming is, in a language agnostic way, and why functional programming matters. First, you’ll explore basic concepts such as pure functions and why they matter. Next, you’ll discover how immutable data, a key aspect of functional programming, helps reduce bugs. Finally, you’ll learn about some larger applications where functional programming excels. When you’re finished with this course, you'll have a better understanding of what functional programming is, how functional programming is different, and why you should care about functional programming.

About the author
About the author

Nate's first program was written in QBasic on an 8086 clone his dad built. Since then he's written applications in C++, .NET, and Node.js.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is Nate Taylor, and welcome to my course, Functional Programming: The Big Picture. I am a solutions architect at Aviture in Omaha, Nebraska. As computers continue to run on multi-core CPUs, and as distributed computing in the cloud continues to gain traction, functional programming will continue to see more and more usage in the software world. In this course, we're going to first of all learn what makes functional programming different from other programming paradigms, secondly, see how functional programming can help reduce the number of bugs in your application, third, get a glimpse of how functional programming simplifies horizontal scaling, and fourth, discover a list of possible functional programming languages to learn. By the end of the course, you'll see why functional programming matters, and you'll be ready to start learning a functional language in more depth. Before beginning the course, it would be helpful, but not required if you're familiar with an object-oriented programming language. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn functional programming with the Functional Programming: The Big Picture course, at Pluralsight.