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Coursera Functional Programming Principles in Scala

Many have already pointed out to the free online course on functional programming using Scala lead by Martin Odersky. Now let us do something about it. If you have a we'll already registered for the course then let us get together to follow all the videos and even look at the assignments together.

This should keep all of us disciplined and on track to use this wonderful opportunity to learn functional programming and Scala. Stephan Behnke has agreed to be a co-organiser.

Once again Launch/Co have graciously agreed to host us.

The first videos are already up at (need to register/login) and the first assignment is already due soon (Fri 28 Sep[masked]:00:00 AM PDT) and that is the soft deadline i.e. you can still submit it later with penalties. More details at (

See you there.



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  • Stefan W.

    How far did you get with the videos? (I had to leave soon, for, ehm, some physical fitness-demonstration which I had to observe (4:4)).

    Btw.: You remember, that I didn't want to believe in the n*n claim about insertion sort. At home I wrote a function with counter (I like empirical tests) and observed for n=4,8,16,32 counter values of 10, 36, 136, 528 which is n*n - mathematically n*n - n, but in big-oh-notation just n*n.

    So I admit officially: Martin was right.

    October 19, 2012

    • Martin P.

      Sorry. It wasn't me who was right. We came to the same conclusion with insertion sort...

      October 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We got to 5.5 and did the questions in 5.6. The rest everybody has to watch on his own and next week we Tuesday we will continue with the videos of week 6. But if someone has questions to previous videos we can discuss them of course.

    October 19, 2012

  • Piyush P.

    since someone mentioned micro benchmarks at the meetup:

    October 16, 2012

  • Joel D.

    Looks great but is it possible to join in if you haven't already done the earlier lessons?

    October 16, 2012

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