Chapter 4. Having fun with functional data structures
This chapter covers
- Introducing type parameterization with covariance and contravariance
- Having fun with higher-order functions
- Creating your own function objects in Scala
- Introducing the Scala collection hierarchy and parallel collections
In this chapter you’ll switch gears to begin a fun and interesting part of the Scala language: Scala collections which broadly support two categories of data structures—immutable and mutable.
To understand and benefit from Scala collections, you need to know two concepts: type parameterization and higher-order functions. Type parameterization allows you to create types that take another type as a parameter (similar to Java generics). Higher-order ...