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5.0 out of 5 stars The best introduction to Scala, 2 Mar 2011
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Tommaso Galleri (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 July 2014
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Totally recommend!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good comprehensive intro to an interesting language, 6 Jun 2013
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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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David Allsopp (Worcestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant introduction to the fundamentals, 23 Jan 2012
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satish suresh bhatia (hounslow, middlesex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I am a seasoned java professional. Found this book to be a brilliant introduction to the scala fundamentals. There is a lot of repetition of the example but it serves to reinforce the concepts the author is trying to explain. I have only read 30% of the book but am impressed enough to come online and write this review. I definitely look forward to working on scala projects soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best programming book I've read (and I've read many), 18 Nov 2011
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Programming in Scala is a tremendously good book. It is concise without being dry and not at all patronising without being too high-brow or academic: a very fine balance it manages throughout most of the book. Any experienced programmer with an interest in programming paradigms and languages will find this book intriguing and educational whether or not they have any interest in programming Scala.
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