Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009-06-13 Saturday - New Book Received, Programming in Scala

I had the great pleasure of meeting Bill Venners at JavaOne 2009 in San Francisco, he is the president of - and a co-author of Programming in Scala. He has kindly provided me a copy of this new book so that I can write a review.

At roughly ~700 pages, this looks to be a comprehensive treatment of Scala. Of particluar note, Martin Odersky (creator of the Scala language), and Lex Spoon are also co-authors.

Chapter Outline:
1. A Scalable Language
2. First Steps in Scala
3. Next Steps in Scala
4. Classes and Objects
5. Basic Types and Operations
6. Functional Objects
7. Built-in Control Structures
8. Functions and Closures
9. Control Abstractions
10. Composition and Inheritance
11. Scala's Hierarchy
12. Traits
13. Packages and Imports
14. Assertions and Unit Testing
15. Case Classes and Pattern Matching
16. Working with Lists
17. Collections
18. Stateful Objects
19. Type Parameterization
20. Abstract Members
21. Implicit Conversions and Parameters
22. Implementing Lists
23. For Expressions Revisited
24. Extractors
25. Annotations
26. Working with XML
27. Modular Programming Using Objects
28. Object Equality
29. Combining Scala and Java
30. Actors and Concurrency
31. Combinator Parsing
32. GUI Programming
33. The SCell Spreadsheet
A. Scala scripts on Unix and Windows


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