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Functional Programming: The Big Picture

by Nate Taylor

Functional programming is gaining traction and popularity in the industry. However, it's not always clear why someone should care about it. This course will look at what it is, how it's different, and why it matters.

What you'll learn

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

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. He spent the first 12 years of his career writing Windows applications before transitioning to write applications for the web. Regardless of the language or type of application he's written, he strives for writing clean, testable, and maintainable code. In addition to his day job as a developer, Nate also enjoys speaking at various conferences. He will typica... more

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