This month, I started to work on my (non existent) Scala skills by following the online class of Coursera. The lessons are taught by Martin Odersky itself and the best part of it: it’s free. Martin Odersky is the man behind Scala but he also worked on javac, the Java compiler and finally founded the company Typesafe Inc. This company leads many Open source projects like Akka or Play framework (which we both use at Skiddoo).
That being known, we can assume the guy knows what he is talking about !
The class runs for 7 weeks, and multiple sessions are opened every year (the last one was from Sept 15th to Nov 20th). You can join a class at any time but you won’t be eligible to a certificate (Statement of accomplishment) if you didn’t start at the opening of a session. Because at the end of each week, you have to accomplish an assignment and publish your work before a certain deadline. Obviously, when you join in the middle of the session, the deadline of the previous weeks are already gone.
But, if you’re just looking for great Scala lessons and functional programming paradigm, that’s definitely one of the place to go.