this thing called #relax makes it easy to build and deploy #p2p applications. you literally have nothing to worry about outside of the app. relax is built on scary cutting-edge technologies that are supposed to make the whole backend thing obsolete.
all i have to do now is settle in and write a lot of #scheme
Uncle Bob talks about functional programming and why it is so important to pick up a functional language (He's hot on #clojure, but I'm playing with #scheme; partly because I don't have much use for the JVM).
I've yet to make it through SICP and I found The Little Schemer painful to read.
YMMV of course. :)