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Introduction to Functional Programming

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Functional programming has become an integral part of every professional developer's toolkit. Designed for the basic user of Java, C++, Python, JavaScript, or any other popular programming language, this course explains the principles and methods underlying the functional approach. By the end of this course, you'll be able to think about problems from a functional point of view, making it possible for you to program with pure functions and transform procedural solutions to problems into functional solutions.

  • Explore the principles and methods underlying the functional approach to programming
  • Recognize the distinctions between functional, imperative, and procedural programming
  • Learn to program with pure functions and how they benefit testing, debugging, and memoization
  • Discover the three most important must-have functions: Filter, map, and fold
  • Learn about higher-order functions, lists, recursion, and monads
  • Master the ability to transform a procedural solution to a problem into a functional solution

Barry Burd is a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Drew University in New Jersey where he's been explaining programming concepts since 1980. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and is the author of nine software-centric "Dummies" books including Java For Dummies, Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies, and more.