Why join the course?

Functional programming is increasingly important in providing global-scale applications on the internet.

We combine the theory of functional programming and the practice of how that works in Erlang. The course will also help you if you are interested in Elixir, based on the same virtual machine as Erlang, and will help you get going with any functional language.

Functional programming has been a strength at the University of Kent for the last 30 years. You’ll learn with Simon Thompson – co-author of one of the standard introductions to Erlang, O’Reilly Media’s Erlang Programming.

What topics will you cover?

  • Getting started programming in Erlang
  • Programs and functions in Erlang
  • Data structures using lists
  • Tools for Erlang programming
  • Functions as data, and higher-order functions
  • Case studies

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain why Erlang was developed, how its design was shaped by the context in which it was used, and how Erlang can be used in practice today
  • Reflect on the design of Erlang, in the context of the rationale for its development, and how it is used in practice today
  • Produce programs using the concepts of functional programming, including, in particular, recursion, pattern matching and immutable data
  • Apply knowledge of lists and other Erlang data types in programs
  • Develop higher-order functions using generic patterns

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with prior programming experience, who wants to learn more about functional programming and Erlang.

You could be a developer or computing professional seeking to understand and gain experience with this technology; a computer science undergraduate studying functional programming as part of your degree; or a self-taught programmer looking to take your knowledge to the next level.

Who will you learn with?

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You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.