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The mBot by Makeblock is a cutesy blue robot for teaching kids programming. It has laid on my shelf for a few years before I got to it. I am no longer a kid but I can surely learn new things with it, can I?
The map/reduce pattern is an elegant tool that makes me use of for-loops far less - and that's a good thing.
Functional programming can be intimidating. You can get started using some of its principles before going all the way in.