The following exercises are designed to test your knowledge of the Scala programming language. They cover the content presented in this chapter, along with some additional Scala features. The last two exercises contrast the difference between concurrent and distributed programming, as defined in this chapter. You should solve them by sketching out a pseudocode solution, rather than a complete Scala program.
composemethod with the following signature:
def compose[A, B, C](g: B => C, f: A => B): A => C = ???
This method must return a function
h, which is the composition of the functions
fusemethod with the following signature:
def fuse[A, B](a: Option[A], b: Option[B]): Option[(A, B)] = ???
Optionobject should contain a tuple of values from the
b, given that both
bare non-empty. Use for-comprehensions.
checkmethod, which takes a set of values of the type
Tand a function of the type
T => Boolean:
def check[T](xs: Seq[T])(pred: T => Boolean): Boolean = ???
The method must return
trueif and only if the
truefor all the values in
xswithout throwing an exception. Use the
checkmethod as follows:
check(0 until 10)(40 / _ > 0)
Pairclass from this chapter so that it can be used in a pattern match.
permutationsfunction, which, given a string, returns a sequence of strings that are lexicographic permutations of the input string:
def permutations(x: String): Seq[String]
Consider yourself and three of your colleagues working in an office divided into cubicles. You cannot see each other, and you are not allowed to verbally communicate, as that might disturb other workers. Instead, you can throw pieces of paper with short messages at each other. Since you are confined in a cubicle, neither of you can tell if the message has reached its destination. At any point, you or one of your colleagues may be called to the boss's office and kept there indefinitely. Design an algorithm in which you and your colleagues can decide when to meet at the local bar. With the exception of the one among you who was called to the boss's office, all of you have to decide on the same time. What if some of the paper pieces can arbitrarily miss the target cubicle?
Imagine that in the previous exercise, you and your colleagues also have a whiteboard in the hall next to the office. Each one of you can occasionally pass through the hall and write something on the whiteboard, but there is no guarantee that either of you will be in the hall at the same time.
Solve the problem from the previous exercise, this time using the whiteboard.