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Scala Functional Programming Patterns

By : Atul S. Khot
Book Image

Scala Functional Programming Patterns

By: Atul S. Khot

Overview of this book

Scala is used to construct elegant class hierarchies for maximum code reuse and extensibility and to implement their behavior using higher-order functions. Its functional programming (FP) features are a boon to help you design “easy to reason about” systems to control the growing software complexities. Knowing how and where to apply the many Scala techniques is challenging. Looking at Scala best practices in the context of what you already know helps you grasp these concepts quickly, and helps you see where and why to use them. This book begins with the rationale behind patterns to help you understand where and why each pattern is applied. You will discover what tail recursion brings to your table and will get an understanding of how to create solutions without mutations. We then explain the concept of memorization and infinite sequences for on-demand computation. Further, the book takes you through Scala’s stackable traits and dependency injection, a popular technique to produce loosely-coupled software systems. You will also explore how to currying favors to your code and how to simplify it by de-construction via pattern matching. We also show you how to do pipeline transformations using higher order functions such as the pipes and filters pattern. Then we guide you through the increasing importance of concurrent programming and the pitfalls of traditional code concurrency. Lastly, the book takes a paradigm shift to show you the different techniques that functional programming brings to your plate. This book is an invaluable source to help you understand and perform functional programming and solve common programming problems using Scala’s programming patterns.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Scala Functional Programming Patterns
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Chapter 3. Recursion and Chasing your Own Tail

In the first chapter, we wrote a nested method, groupThem(), that called itself. In the second chapter, the BST traversal method is similar to the nested method. We saw that the method calls itself to traverse the children. A method calling itself is recursion. In the previous chapter, we also touched upon tail recursion and Scala's @tailrec annotation.

Let's look at these concepts more closely and see how all these help us write succinct code, and how going recursive promotes immutability. In this chapter, we will first look at recursive structures—a structure is recursive if the shape of the whole recurs in the shape of the parts. We will then look at how Scala's pattern matching helps us to work on the composing parts. Next, we will take a look at a possible problem with very large structures and the mechanism to deal with them—namely tail call optimization (TCO) and @tailrec annotations. Finally, we will get a handle on persistent data structures...