Programming in Scala –

Scala Is An Object Oriented Programming Language For The Java Virtual Machine In Addition To Being Object Oriented, Scala Is Also A Functional Language, And Combines The Best Approaches To OO And Functional Programming In Italian, Scala Means A Stairway, Or Steps Indeed, Scala Lets You Step Up To A Programming Environment That Incorporates Some Of The Best Recent Thinking In Programming Language Design While Also Letting You Use All Your Existing Java Code Artima Is Very Pleased To Publish A New Edition Of The Best Selling Book On Scala, Written By The Designer Of The Language, Martin Odersky Co Authored By Lex Spoon And Bill Venners, This Book Takes A Step By Step Tutorial Approach To Teaching You Scala Starting With The Fundamental Elements Of The Language, Programming In Scala Introduces Functional Programming From The Practitioner S Perspective, And Describes Advanced Language Features That Can Make You A Better, Productive Developer

10 thoughts on “Programming in Scala

  1. says:

    Woah Amazing This is a great book Excellently written Of course it couldn t be a great book if it weren t for the fact that Scala is a totally awesome language When I was teaching myself Perl, I had to read the book the Perl book, _Programming Perl_ , two times in order to get it It was just so different from any programming language I had previously known, that I just couldn t get it the first time I knew pretty early on into the Scala book that I would have to read it twice, for the same reason This has never happened to me besides with Perl and Scala Most programming languages are, well, pretty similar to some other programming language I already know Scala is revolutionary Don t mis take me I ve done plenty of functional programming before Perhaps if I had used Erlang before instead of Scheme, Scala might seem a bit easier But in any case, wow Everything about it just feels so awesome Like if you just figured out how it was supposed to work, programming would be so easy, without any painful boilerplate, with language features to address scalability design problems that traditional languages like Java just cannot handle Of course, learning how to use it right is not going to be easy If it were, it could never be so powerful This is clearly a very carefully designed language, and designed by some very thoughtful and intelligent people with lots of experience in both programming and language design All this, and the whole Java runtime at your fingertips I am sold, 100%.

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    I ve heard a lot of people refer to Programming in Scala as dry or boring I think this description is not accurate, and a accurate description is thorough.Programming in Scala is not a book to get you up and running in Scala quickly, writing good Scala code as soon as possible This book is about UNDERSTANDING Scala, and not just how to use it, but how it works internally, what aspects of it are merely syntax sugar, and what that sugar is converted to under the hood It covers aspects of the compiler, the equivalent Java that Scala is being converted to, and virtually everything else Programming in Scala puts you in the mind of the designer no surprise, since most of the book was written by Scala s designer.No stone is left unturned, no aspect left unmentioned Programming in Scala is everything you would ever need to know about Scala and In fact, I wound up skipping a few chapters at the end, because I don t particularly care about GUI programming or parsing XML This is THE Scala Bible.If you re looking to get up and running in Scala soon, understanding enough to be a really good programmer with Scala, you want Scala for the Impatient by Cay Horstmann But if you re the type of person who sees magic in programming languages and wonders why the hell that works at all, Programming in Scala is your book It helps establish the underlying RULES of the language, the kind that, once you understand them, you can PREDICT how Scala would probably implement something.The book is very long, and very dense, but it is not dry Really good examples throughout, though sometimes the examples are so complex that the reader s brain devotes time to understanding the examples than to learning the principles they wish to establish.Overall, a very good Scala book, but perhaps not an ideal FIRST Scala book.

  3. says:

    After completing about 40% of the book according to my Kindle for iPad this is what I have to say.Things I love about the book 1 the Kindle for iPad edition was very well formatted has a hyperlinked table of contents, hyperlinks throughout the book, chapters start on a new page, well formatted and easy to read code examples Things I like about the book 1 thorough the book covers a lot of material 2 clearly written with no obvious typos errors 3 liked the way each chapter was organized An Introduction followed by a thorough discussion of the topic at hand followed by a summary of what was covered 4 This book will work well as a reference after reading it as it is organized well enough that you can jump straight to a particular topicThings I dislike about the book 1 choice of chapter order was not apparent to me The book feels like a lot of very well written tutorials, each covering a well defined topic, instead of a single unified tutorial which is what I was expecting with the goal of taking the reader from novice to a advanced level 2 code examples are complicated than they need to be 3 the Kindle ebook does not have page numbersOther thoughts I am of the opinion that this book will not get you up and running quickly You have to read quite a bit before you get to a point where you can write useful code I would suggest reading at least up to and including chapter 17 My Kindle tells me this is 38% of the book when you consider that the paperback version has 852 pages, 38% translates to around 320 pages of book material Also, I believe that Scala is different enough from other languages I have used or studied that I think that at least parts of the book would have required a second reading or I would have to have followed up this book with a different book I did something similar see More on getting up to speed quickly below before I could be effective with the language.More on getting up to speed quickly Before writing this review I also started taking the Coursera course on Functional Programming using Scala taught by one the authors Odersky The course material is available even though the class has ended There are only 7 days of college course style lectures with each day s lecture lasting between 1 and 2 hours If you want to get up to speed quickly, I highly recommend that course I was up and running after the first day s lecture The course is a good way to follow up on the material in the book Finally I gave this book five stars because this book is superior to other programming books I have read in terms how it is written format , the material it contains quantity and quality , how clearly that material is presented readability , and how long I think the material will remain useful for durability I do not rank a lot of my books with 5 stars I believe that I got a very good bang for the buck.

  4. says:

    This is how a book about a programming language should be written It gives you the basics, but also provides details that you should know to be effective and efficient using Scala What makes the book really great is that it is useful even if you aren t planning on writing a line of Scala There are a lot of good programming practices and patterns that are given in the book both explicitly and implicitly.

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    TL DR This is the book to go if you want to feel comfortable about Scala, but it takes time and patience from the reader The examples in this book won t teach you how to build complex systems The Kindle version is perfect.This book will teach you all the magic behind Scala I liked this book a lot because it s simple to understand and clearly explain why some things happen in Scala If you want to feel comfortable working with Scala, then this is the book to go However, it requires some effort and patience from the reader For instance, I was expecting to learn about case classes, implicits and for comprehension right off the bat, but it took me 15, 20 and 23 chapters, respectively, before deep diving in it I had to read about things that usually don t matter at first but as important such as Packages and Imports, Abstract Members, Scala s Hierarchy, Unit testing, etc I felt that the chapters could have been sorted differently.Another down side of this book is that most examples don t follow software engineering good practices and the reader has to be really careful about it I strongly suggest reading this after you finish this book If you are looking for a book that will teach you how to build complex systems in Scala, this is not the book you want to read The author is really clear about having short and concise examples to save the trees, so don t expect to see beautiful and clean code here.To sum up, this is a really good book and you ll finish it feeling prepared to work with Scala, but it requires patience and time from the reader.

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    From For those, who want to learn about Scala, I d like to recommend very good book, actually one of the best books I read this year Despite the fact it s a technical book I would compare it to reading Harry Potter Simple language, easy to understand, short chapters and can t stop reading it Here is the link Programming in Scala by Martin Odersky

  7. says:

    Pretty good fuckin programming book, okay

  8. says:

    Tips for learning Scala from someone who did it against their will and is now the senior most Scala engineer in their office somehow 1 Google around for Twitter s material on Scala specifically this and this and work through it.2 Attempt some Scala Be bad at it Hate Scala Swear it s the dumbest language ever invented and what on earth is functional programming doing.3 Return to the Twitter material vaguely understanding better what Scala is and why it s the way it is.4 Make peace with Scala.5 Read this book, cover to cover and I mean cover to cover.6 Conquer the world Now for the actual reviewI just realized while cleaning up my CS shelf that I d never marked down this book as having been read And what a shame Of all the books I read while starting to learn Scala and functional programming, this is the only one that was worth reading and the only one that was helpful.Because honestly reading this book, written by the person who created Scala, really helped me grasp the language, see how I can use it, see where I can play with options, and get really into the nitty gritty as much as I wanted to.You do not need any other book to learn Scala beyond this one I read so many before this that were all meh at best, but this one was nothing like the rest Yeah, I don t know either, but I ve made it to step six so maybe that s why Not optional Sorry.

  9. says:

    Still the best book to get into Scala A few complaints 1 A lot of it needs to updated to the current language version.2 Some examples in the book are mentally taxing and drive attention away from the main topic.3 Type classes deserve attention.4 Their should be a greater emphasis on language philosophy.

  10. says:

    Odersky is a poet of computer language and Scala is his haiku.