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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tapir in The Room, January 8, 2010
This review is from: Programming Scala: Scalability = Functional Programming + Objects (Animal Guide) (Paperback)
Programming Scala can range from scripts, to object-oriented, to functional, to Actor-based multi-threading, to sophisticated library writing. Scripts are pre-compiled with an implicit main, for those short knock-off tasks, with the entire Scala libraries and Java libraries at the ready.

Programming Scala, the book, welcomes readers from a variety of language backgrounds, such as Java, Python, Ruby, JavaScript. I've read other Scala books, but I nevertheless found Programming Scala to be interesting, informative and stimulating. The writing style is very clear, which is just as well, because some advanced programming techniques are tackled as the book progresses. The Scala language is so uniform and concise, with powerful features and libraries, that it is feasible to tackle advanced programming which would be unthinkable or impossible in many other languages.

The book encourages test-driven development in early chapters, which makes the example code pretty much self-explanatory.

Author Dean Wampler responded quickly to my minor change request for the downloadable sample code to self-test in Ubuntu. Authors aren't obligated to provide post-publication service to readers, but these guys do.

The Tapir (Elephant) in The Room is a fast moving hunter whose speed defies his size. Like Scala.
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