AboutScala school started as a series of lectures at Twitter to prepare experienced engineers to be productive Scala programmers. Scala is a relatively new language, but draws on many familiar concepts. Thus, these lectures assumed the audience knew the concepts and showed how to use them in Scala. We found this an effective way of getting new engineers up to speed quickly. This is the written material that accompanied those lectures. We have found that these are useful in their own right.
ApproachWe think it makes the most sense to approach teaching Scala not as if it were an improved Java but instead as a new language. Experience in Java is not expected. Focus will be on the interpreter and the object-functional style as well as the style of programming we do here. An emphasis will be placed on maintainability, clarity of expression, and leveraging the type system.
Most of the lessons require no software other than a Scala REPL. The reader is encouraged to follow along, but also to go further! Use these lessons as a starting point to explore the language.
AlsoYou can learn more elsewhere:
- Effective Scala Twitter's "best practices" for Scala. Useful for understanding idioms in Twitter's code.
- scala-lang.org Documentation Links to tutorials, manuals, API reference, books, ...
- Scala API Documentation
- Values, functions, classes, methods, inheritance, try-catch-finally. Expression-oriented programming
- Basics continued
- Case classes, objects, packages, apply, update, Functions are Objects (uniform access principle), pattern matching.
- Lists, Maps, functional combinators (map, foreach, filter, zip, folds)
- Pattern matching & functional composition
- More functions! PartialFunctions, more Pattern Matching
- Type & polymorphism basics
- Basic Types and type polymorphism, type inference, variance, bounds, quantification
- Advanced types
- Advanced Types, view bounds, higher-kinded types, recursive types, structural types
- Simple Build Tool
- All about SBT, the standard Scala build tool
- More collections
- Tour of the Scala Collections library
- Testing with specs
- Concurrency in Scala
- Runnable, Callable, threads, Futures
- Java + Scala
- Java interop: Using Scala from Java
- An introduction to Finagle
- Finagle primitives: Future, Service, Filter, Builder
- Building a distributed search engine using Finagle
- from http://twitter.github.io/scala_school/
We use jekyll to generate the site. In order to build it, you must first install it:
should do. Now, build the site with
$ gem install jekyll
make. This will create a copy of the lessons in the
For development, you'll also need to install RedCloth.
$ gem install RedCloth
make servewill launch
jekyllin serving mode: a web server will be launched on port 4000, and changing files will automatically rebuild the site.
To publish to http://twitter.github.io/scala_school:
$ make publish