For years, I have been doing Algorithmic stuff, writing scalable data structures for internet search, for example Randomized Binary Search Trees for Auto Recommendation, BitMaps, Wisdom of Crowd based Algorithms using Graphs, writing some interesting Machine Learning Algorithms like Clustering, Anomaly Detection, working on Information Retrieval stuff and so on
There is a common thing in the things that I have mentioned above. All the above stuff;each if coded in a language like C++ requires handful of classes. I mean they are interesting problems but they are not complex in terms of heavily loaded Object Oriented stuff. I have never used Inheritance, virtual stuff etc. Though I have heavily used Generic Programming, Templates and so on.
I love C++ (- Bulky OO stuff, As I like what Joe Armstrong's, creator of Erlang says, In OO World if you ask for a banana you get a big jungle alongwith gorilla holding the banana). I enjoy coding in other languages like Java, Python too.
Now my question is since I am enjoying the kind of projects/Algorithms I am working on do I need to really learn OO stuff, will I be a better coder/designer just by using the stuff like Inheritance, Dynamic Polymorphism (virtuals)? OR can I move to the world of Functional Programming (I have not done it till now) which attracts me more as I can just focus on tasks/algorithms and not let Kingdom Of Noun based OO stuff, has-a, is-a rule me?
In short will/can OO stuff help me at all for the kind of projects/Algorithms that I have mentioned above?
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