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Scala: Getting Started

by Justin Pihony

This course will teach enough of the basics of Scala to enable you to start writing less boiler-plate code and more business code.

What you'll learn

Scala is a powerful, expressive language built on top of the JVM. This means that it can interoperate and take advantage of many existing Java APIs. It is also considered an object-functional language as it prefers the functional paradigm, but is also object-oriented. This allows for an easy transition into the functional world. Last, it is a statically typed language without the typical type ceremony, which allows for less runtime errors with minimal code. This course will teach enough of the basics of Scala to enable you to start writing less boiler-plate code and focus more on business problems. It will get you started from the ground up and quickly familiarize you with some of the most powerful features of this modern language. Topics covered include the REPL, pattern matching, for comprehensions, recursion, (im)mutability, interoperability, and much more. If you're looking for something new, exciting, and most importantly, concise, then Scala is the language for you.

About the author

Justin is a software journeyman, continuously learning and honing his skills. Most of his early professional career was spent in C# and MSSQL, but he loves learning about many different languages, especially Scala. This passion for Scala led him to join the Lightbend (formerly Typesafe) team, diving even deeper into the Scala ecosphere. And, as much as he loves to learn, he also loves to spread his knowledge through teaching and helping others. He is a very active answerer on StackOverflow... more

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