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Learn Scala Programming

By : Slava Schmidt
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Learn Scala Programming

By: Slava Schmidt

Overview of this book

The second version of Scala has undergone multiple changes to support features and library implementations. Scala 2.13, with its main focus on modularizing the standard library and simplifying collections, brings with it a host of updates. Learn Scala Programming addresses both technical and architectural changes to the redesigned standard library and collections, along with covering in-depth type systems and first-level support for functions. You will discover how to leverage implicits as a primary mechanism for building type classes and look at different ways to test Scala code. You will also learn about abstract building blocks used in functional programming, giving you sufficient understanding to pick and use any existing functional programming library out there. In the concluding chapters, you will explore reactive programming by covering the Akka framework and reactive streams. By the end of this book, you will have built microservices and learned to implement them with the Scala and Lagom framework.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)

Building Reactive Applications with Akka Typed

This chapter reveals another way to build reactive applications with Akka. We will introduce Akka Typed, an Akka module which implements the actor model in a slightly different way compared to untyped Akka. We will contrast classical and typed approaches and show how the latter reduces the developer's choices but increases type safety and simplifies reasoning about actor-based programs during the maintenance phase.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Differences between typed and untyped approaches
  • Creating, stopping, and discovering actors
  • The life cycle of an actor and supervision
  • Schedulers
  • Stashing
  • Combining behaviors
  • Testing