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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)


Akka Typed allows you to implement an actor system in a type-safe way. It represents actor logic as a well-typed behavior with the types of both input and output channels determined at compile time. Behaviors can be combined together, allowing for a higher degree of code reuse.

Typed actors are not only supposed to receive and send messages but are also required to explicitly define a new behavior after processing every message. Interactions with other actors are limited to creating, stopping, looking up, and watching children, and getting typed references to explicitly registered services.

Actor context provides useful functionality, such as timers and stashing.

Typed supervision is defined directly on behavior, and the failure propagation to the parent actor must be implemented explicitly if needed. The Akka team took a holistic approach by promoting an actor's...