Learning Scala
Practical Functional Programming for the JVM
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 256

Why learn Scala? You don’t need to be a data scientist or distributed computing expert to appreciate this object-oriented functional programming language. This practical book provides a comprehensive yet approachable introduction to the language, complete with syntax diagrams, examples, and exercises. You’ll start with Scala's core types and syntax before diving into higher-order functions and immutable data structures.

Author Jason Swartz demonstrates why Scala’s concise and expressive syntax make it an ideal language for Ruby or Python developers who want to improve their craft, while its type safety and performance ensures that it’s stable and fast enough for any application.

  • Learn about the core data types, literals, values, and variables
  • Discover how to think and write in expressions, the foundation for Scala's syntax
  • Write higher-order functions that accept or return other functions
  • Become familiar with immutable data structures and easily transform them with type-safe and declarative operations
  • Create custom infix operators to simplify existing operations or even to start your own domain-specific language
  • Build classes that compose one or more traits for full reusability, or create new functionality by mixing them in at instantiation
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Excellent book to learn Scala

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    This book will give you a solid understanding of Scala, and is a great way to learn it.

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    Good book for Scala novices

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    If you are an experienced software engineer, programmer or developer but don't know Scala and are looking for a book that will take you from being a Scala novice to a Scala advanced beginner, this book is a good choice.

    The book gives you a tour of Scala features, and introduces you to many Scala concepts you will use in your day-to-day programming.

    You won't be a Scala master after reading this book. But you will on your way towards Scala competency.

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