Observable objects is similar to composing functions, collections, or futures. Complex
Observable objects are formed from simpler parts using functional composition. This is a very Scala-idiomatic pattern, and it results in concise and understandable programs.
A not-so-obvious downside of functional composition is that it favors bottom-up programming style. An
Observable object cannot be created without a reference to another
Observable object that it depends on. For instance, we cannot create an
Observable object using the
map combinator without having an input
Observable object to call
map on. In a bottom-up programming style, we build complex programs by implementing the simplest parts first, and then gradually working our way up. By contrast, in a top-down programming style, we first define the complex parts of the system, and then gradually divide them into successively smaller pieces. Top-down programming style allows first declaring...