Workshop on Functional Programming using Scala at IISER Pune [Dec 1]: Registration Open

About the Organiser

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune is a premier autonomous Institution established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, for promotion of high-quality science education and research in the country.

About the Workshop

The Workshop on Functional Programming using Scala is organised by IISER Pune on Dec 1, 2019. Scala although first published nearly 15 years ago, started gaining its popularity in the industry from 2010 onwards coinciding with the creation of cluster programming framework Spark. Since then, Scala had been used in many large level enterprise application such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Guardian etc.

Scala is built on top of the Java Virtual Machine and it has seamlessly combined the Object-Oriented and Functional Programming model. Due to this unique combination, it provides an opportunity to enter into the world of Functional Programming (FP), which is, in fact, older than the first built computer and was around since the 1930s.

Advantage of Workshop

The advantage of learning FP are two-folds:

  • Hardware industry is producing multi-core processors and cheap memories with increasing ease that in turn, increasing the expectation of faster, reliable, distributed computation. This cannot be achieved with the prevalent model of imperative, thread-based programming. The concepts of FP is most suitable to handle such problem, Erlang language(1970), Akka and Spark, all built on top of FP and Actor model, being three most notable examples of that.
  • FP paves the way to understand the more general concepts such as the relationship between programming and theorem proving (Coq, and recently Idris language is built for that), Category theory which could be of huge interest to the future mathematicians.
Course Content
  • Preparation: Scala installation, Editor Installation
  • A brief introduction to Scala language
  • Usual stuff: variables, branching, looping etc
  • Classes, Objects, Types
  • Functional Object: Function as first-class citizen
  • Control Abstraction: Currying
  • Collections: List, Tuples, Maps
  • Higher-Order functions (map, flatMap, fold, zip etc.)
  • For expression revisited
  • Generalising map, flatMap, fold – a glimpse of groups of Category theory such as Semigroup, Monoid etc.
Who can Participate?

Any BS-MS, iPhD, PhD student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty member is eligible to participate. Total of 25 participants can be accommodated in the workshop. The intended participants are requested to arrive at the venue and register during 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM on the event day


Mr Imran Kazi (Java professional, Deutsche Bank Group, Pune)

How to Register?

Interested candidates can register for the workshop through this link.

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