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Programming in Scala [Paperback]

Martin Odersky , Lex Spoon , Bill Venners
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10 Jan 2011
Scala is an object-oriented programming language for the Java Virtual Machine. In addition to being object-oriented, Scala is also a functional language, and combines the best approaches to OO and functional programming. In Italian, Scala means a stairway, or steps indeed, Scala lets you step up to a programming environment that incorporates some of the best recent thinking in programming language design while also letting you use all your existing Java code. Artima is very pleased to publish a new edition of the best-selling book on Scala, written by the designer of the language, Martin Odersky. Co-authored by Lex Spoon and Bill Venners, this book takes a step-by-step tutorial approach to teaching you Scala. Starting with the fundamental elements of the language, Programming in Scala introduces functional programming from the practitioner's perspective, and describes advanced language features that can make you a better, more productive developer.

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  • Paperback: 852 pages
  • Publisher: Artima Inc; 2nd New edition edition (10 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981531644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981531649
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to Scala 2 Mar 2011
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This is by far the best introduction to Scala.
Substantially this is just an updated/revised first edition (now covers Scala 2.8).

The book is aimed at experienced programmers of any procedural language like C#, Java or even C++ (but with possibly some exposure to Java and the JVM).
This book is written by Martin Odersky, the creator of Scala, and it is very well written and packed with interesting examples that always match perfectly the topic that the author is trying to cover.
Because Scala is a fairly big language and because the author is sometimes a bit "chatty" (but always interesting), the book is fairly long. This is actually not a problem, because the first few chapters are actually enough to be able to start coding in Scala.
This is a great tutorial, but maybe, because of the way it's organized and written, not the best reference. However, the best reference (The Scala language specification) is freely available from the Scala website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars muy buen libro 15 April 2013
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Todavía estoy en los primero capítulos pero por ahora creo que está muy bien planteado. Lo recomiendo si quieres aprender scala
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book and must read for a java developer 4 Mar 2014
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The book explains the concepts of Scala very well. Not only does it introduce the new ways to program but also explains how and where to benefit from them. Simple yet brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very authoritative and complete 18 Sep 2013
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A well paced authoritative programming language guide. Suitable for functional and imperative programers, though not for beginners.

Would absolutely recommend this as your first and possible only Scala reference.
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An excellent book for the Scala newcomer, from the language's designer.
Well written with good examples.
Haven't read all of it but finding it valuable already as a newcomer to Scala
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction book 1 Oct 2012
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Martin and Co are very enthusiastic in representing their language in clear and complete manner (you can't say it about Haskell fans by the way :) ). So this is a well written, easy to understand book. Intermediate Java developers would enjoy new concepts being introduced smoothly. Experienced ones would have an option to skim some chapters... However this read definitely calls for further reading - other books and inet resources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 12 July 2012
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This is probably the best programming language book I've ever read. It is clear, thorough, logical, with a dry humour from time to time. The authors don't just describe the syntax and features - they explain why the language is the way it is, and how it fits together.

This is all the more impressive given that Scala (taken as a whole) is not a simple language compared to Java, Python etc.
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