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Functional Programming in Scala

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Paul Chiusano and Rúnar Bjarnason

MEAP Began: February 2012
Softbound print: June 2014 (est.) | 325 pages
ISBN: 9781617290657

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Table of Contents, MEAP Chapters & Resources

Table of Contents         Resources      Related Titles 
PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO FUNCTIONAL PROGRAMMING
  1 What is functional programming? - FREE
  2 Getting Started with functional programming in Scala - AVAILABLE
  3 Functional data structures - AVAILABLE
  4 Handling errors without exceptions - AVAILABLE
  5 Strictness and laziness - AVAILABLE
  6 Purely functional state - AVAILABLE

PART 2: FUNCTIONAL DESIGN AND COMBINATOR LIBRARIES
  7 Purely functional parallelism - AVAILABLE
  8 Property-based testing - AVAILABLE
  9 Parser combinators - AVAILABLE

PART 3: FUNCTIONAL DESIGN PATTERNS
10 Monoids and an introduction to algebraic structures - AVAILABLE
11 Monads and abstracting over combinator libraries - AVAILABLE
12 Discovering other abstractions: Applicative and traversable functors - AVAILABLE

PART 4: BREAKING THE RULES: EFFECTS AND I/O
13 External effects and I/O - AVAILABLE
14 Local effects and mutable state - AVAILABLE
15 Stream processing and incremental I/O - AVAILABLE

DESCRIPTION

Functional programming (FP) is a programming style emphasizing functions that return consistent and predictable results regardless of a program's state. As a result, functional code is easier to test and reuse, simpler to parallelize, and less prone to bugs. Scala is an emerging JVM language that offers strong support for FP. Its familiar syntax and transparent interoperability with existing Java libraries make Scala a great place to start learning FP.

Functional Programming in Scala is a serious tutorial for programmers looking to learn FP and apply it to the everyday business of coding. The book guides readers from basic techniques to advanced topics in a logical, concise, and clear progression. In it, you'll find concrete examples and exercises that open up the world of functional programming.

You'll discover simple but powerful ideas and techniques that cut through the complexity of modern software engineering, including writing multi-core and distributed programs. You'll learn how FP gives you high confidence in the correctness of your code and helps you design software at high levels of abstraction so that even very large systems become comprehensible at a glance.

WHAT'S INSIDE

No prior experience with FP or Scala is required. Perfect for programmers familiar with FP in other languages wishing to apply their knowledge in Scala.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Paul Chiusano and Rúnar Bjarnason are recognized experts in functional programming with Scala. Each has been writing Scala and using FP professionally for several years. Paul is a Scalaz contributor, blogs and speaks regularly on Scala and FP. Rúnar is a principal contributor to Scalaz and the Functional Java library and has been using and teaching FP since 2008.

ABOUT THE EARLY ACCESS VERSION

This Early Access version of Functional Programming in Scala enables you to receive new chapters as they are being written. You can also interact with the authors to ask questions, provide feedback and errata, and help shape the final manuscript on the Author Online forum.

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