Thoughtworks Software Architect Neal Ford discusses with Mirko Schrempp how developers can approach the new thinking paradigm that comes essentially with functional languages such as Clojure or Scala. Whether you like it or not, functional concepts are coming to Java, so you ought to be prepared.
Learning the syntax of a new language is easy, but learning to think under a different paradigm is hard. This session from ThoughtWorks Architect Neal Ford helps you transition from being 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. Neal takes a variety of common practices in OOP languages and show the corresponding mechanisms in functional languages.
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