Sessions at Strange Loop 2011 about Object Oriented Programming and Scala in Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

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Monday 19th September 2011

  • Functional Thinking

    by Neal Ford

    Learning the syntax of a new language is easy, but learning to think under a different paradigm is hard. This session helps you transition from a Java writing imperative programmer to a functional programmer, using Java, Clojure and Scala for examples. This session takes common topics from imperative languages and looks at alternative ways of solving those problems in functional languages. As a Java developer, you know how to achieve code-reuse via mechanisms like inheritance and polymorphism. Code reuse is possible in functional languages as well, using high-order functions, composition, and multi-methods. I take a variety of common practices in OOP languages and show the corresponding mechanisms in functional languages. Expect your mind to be bent, but you’ll leave with a much better understanding of both the syntax and semantics of functional languages.

    At 9:30am to 10:20am, Monday 19th September

    In Grand Ballroom, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark