Programming Scala
Scalability = Functional Programming + Objects
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2009
Pages: 450

Learn how to be more productive with Scala, a new multi-paradigm language for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that integrates features of both object-oriented and functional programming. With this book, you'll discover why Scala is ideal for highly scalable, component-based applications that support concurrency and distribution.

Programming Scala clearly explains the advantages of Scala as a JVM language. You'll learn how to leverage the wealth of Java class libraries to meet the practical needs of enterprise and Internet projects more easily. Packed with code examples, this book provides useful information on Scala's command-line tools, third-party tools, libraries, and available language-aware plugins for editors and IDEs.

  • Learn how Scala's succinct and flexible code helps you program faster
  • Discover the notable improvements Scala offers over Java's object model
  • Get a concise overview of functional programming, and learn how Scala's support for it offers a better approach to concurrency
  • Know how to use mixin composition with traits, pattern matching, concurrency with Actors, and other essential features
  • Take advantage of Scala's built-in support for XML
  • Learn how to develop domain-specific languages
  • Understand the basics for designing test-driven Scala applications

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3.0

Best book on Scala; Years out of date.

By Ben P

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Out of date

Best Uses

  • Intermediate
  • Novice
  • Student

Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming Scala:

I firmly believe this is the best-written Scala content in existence. It covers everything from installation to how JVM type erasure causes interoperability concerns with other jvm languages. This is an extensive tour of the Scala programming language and ecosystem.

So, why the three stars? Simply put, this book is very out of date. It was published in 2009 for Scala 2.7 with notes on expected features for Scala 2.8. Currently, Scala 2.10 is the stable version. This book is out of date on Actors, missing new language features and missing valuable information about the ecosystem that has developed around Scala in the last 4 years.

I so badly want an update to this book. There is no better-written content about Scala. I hope Mr. Wampler and Mr. Payne will get an opportunity to update this book in the near future.

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4.0

Kick-start on Scala!

By Roberto at JUG Lugano[@]

from Lugano, Switzerland

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Programming Scala:

    One of the book's authors worked at Twitter, and knowing that Scala is the platform used to develop Twitter immediately makes this book very promising.

    The Scala programming language requires a relatively long time to be understood, even for programmers coming from other mainstream languages such as Java.

    Scala is introduced in the first chapter as a language to address the major needs of modern development. To explain the power of Scala the authors compare it with other popular programming languages such as Java, C#, Ruby, Python, PHP. How to install the Scala environment and complete HelloWorld is also presented.

    Subsequent chapters delve into concepts of the Scala programming language like syntax, traits, oo and functional programming, concurrency with actors, DSLs, Type system.

    A very interesting chapter is devoted to application design in Scala.

    The last chapter covers the tools, the libraries and the IDE support for Scala.

    The book contains many (working) examples that are very useful when you aim to learn the Scala structure. Authors use a plain and simple language and helps to easily understand the complexities of the subject matter.

    One of the major hallmarks of the book is that the authors try to use the Scala syntax that they consider the best from the first examples. This helps to learn from the begin what the authors consider best practice when programming in Scala. On the other hand, for newbies it can turn out to be difficult to understand why it's better to use some structure or syntax instead of others.

    Overall "Programming Scala" is neat and most remarkably one of the best ways to enter the wonderful world of Scala.

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