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Lift in Action: The Simply Functional Web Framework for Scala by Timothy Perrett

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Chapter 1. Introducing Lift

 

This chapter covers

  • An overview of Scala and Lift
  • Lift’s history and design rationale
  • An overview of Lift’s structure

 

Lift is an exciting new way of building web applications that feature rich, highly interactive user experiences. Lift is built atop the powerful functional programming language Scala, which lends itself to writing exceedingly concise but powerful code. By leveraging Scala, Lift aims to be expressive and elegant while stressing the importance of maintainability, scalability, and performance.

The first section of this chapter will introduce Scala and functional programming, including some examples of how the language compares and contrasts to the more familiar style of imperative programming. ...

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