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Why Big Data Needs To Be Functional?

I started working on a new project lately related to Big Data for my internship. My managers recommended to start learning functional programming (They highly recommended Scala). I had a humbled experience using F#, but I couldn’t see the the important of using this paradigm of programming as it’s expensive in some cases.
Dean gave an interesting talk about this topic, and shared his thoughts on why “Big Data” here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFAdLCqDbLQ But it wasn’t very convenient as Big Data doesn’t mean only Hadoop.

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