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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)

Exploring Built-In Effects

Sometimes, computers do things differently compared to what the developer expects. Sometimes, a function can't return a value for a given set of arguments, a device is not available at runtime, or calling an external system takes much longer than expected.

Functional approaches strive to capture these aspects and express them with types. This allows for precise reasoning about the program and helps to avoid surprises at runtime.

In this chapter, we will study how the mentioned aspects are covered by Scala's standard library. We'll take a look at the following:

  • Foundations of encoding runtime aspects with types
  • Option
  • Either
  • Try
  • Future