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How to think as "functional language programer"

From: user 8.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 10:15 PM
Hi all,
recently I have started learning Scala course offered by coursera (by martin odersky) but I am still not getting the crux of it by writing programs in functional way. Most of the time I am thinking like a imperative prog language developer and all examples/exercises are given in the course need to be solved with out mutation (complete functional).

so my question is, Is this quite normal for a developer from java background or you have any learning resources to tune my mind to write programs in functional programming language as well... I am loosing confidence for the first time as I am struggling to write a simple dummy tweeter application,.Scala language syntax/constructs/concepts are not a problem to understand but thinking everything in recursion and thinking very abstraction is nightmare for me now. Anybody faced similar issue (may not be with scala but other functional prog language) and want to share their experiences, it is highly appreciated??

thanks
sivaji k

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