This Specialization provides a hands-on introduction to functional programming using the widespread programming language, Scala. It begins from the basic building blocks of the functional paradigm, first showing how to use these blocks to solve small problems, before building up to combining these concepts to architect larger functional programs. You'll see how the functional paradigm facilitates parallel and distributed programming, and through a series of hands on examples and programming assignments, you'll learn how to analyze data sets small to large; from parallel programming on multicore architectures, to distributed programming on a cluster using Apache Spark. A final capstone project will allow you to apply the skills you learned by building a large data-intensive application using real-world data.
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Functional Programming in Scala Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 4-5 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course in the Specialization is offered on demand, and may be taken at any time.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Do I have to take the courses in this Specialization in a specific order?
We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Functional Programming in Scala Specialization?
Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
Are there any recommended readings for this specialization?
These courses are designed to be self-contained, however for further reading we recommend:(1) for a more thorough treatment of some of the ideas presented in the course: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition, by Harold Abelson,Gerald Jay Sussman //http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0262011530?*Version*=1&*entries*=0...(2)for learning more about Scala: Programming in Scala: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide, 2nd Edition, by Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, Bill Venners // http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Scala-Comprehensive-Step-Step/dp/0981531644...(3)for learning more about Scala: Scala for the Impatient by Cay Horstmann // http://www.horstmann.com/scala/index.html...(4)for learning more about parallel and concurrent programming in Scala: Learning Concurrent Programming in Scala by Aleksandar Prokopec // http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Concurrent-Programming-Aleksandar-Prokopec/dp/1783281413...(5)for learning more about Spark: Learning Spark by Holden Karau, Andy Konwinski, Patrick Wendell, Matei Zaharia //http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028512.do
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