This post summarises notes and/or exercise solutions of Chapter 2 Working With Data: Literals, Values, Variables, and Types of Learning Scala by Jason Swartz. More complete solutions can be found HERE. Scala code is originally executed in a Eclipse Scala worksheet.


string interpolation and format
val approx = 355/113f
println("Pi, using 355/113, is about " + approx + ".")
println(s"Pi, using 355/113, is about $approx.")

f"I wrote a new $approx%.3s today" // show 3.1
f"I wrote a new $approx%.4f today" // show 3.1416

val item = "apple"
s"How do you like them ${item}s"
regular expressions, see more here
"Froggy went a' courting" matches ".* courting" // true
"milk, tea, muck".replaceAll("m[^ ]+k", "coffee") // coffee, tea, coffee
"milk, tea, muck" replaceFirst ("m[^ ]+k", "coffee") // coffee, tea, muck

val input = "Enjoying this apple 3.14159 times today"
val pattern = """.* apple ([\d.]+) times .*""".r
val pattern(amountText) = input
val amount = amountText.toDouble
relation among Scala types
                  Numeric Types
   <-- AnyVal <-- Char
Any                                          <-- Nothing
   <-- AnyRef <-- Classes         <-- Null
  • The Unit type is unlike the other core types here (numeric and non-numeric) in that instead of denoting a type of data it denotes the lack of data.
  • & and &&? - | (or ||) don’t evaluate the second argument if the first is sufficient
  • Scala doesn’t support automatic conversions to booleans eg non-null strings is not true, 0 is not false
type operations
(7.0 / 5).getClass /* double */
(3.0 / 4.0) toString
val info = (5, "Korben", true)
val red = "red" -> "0xff0000"
val reversed = red._2 -> red._1


1. Write a new centigrade-to-fahrenheit conversion (using the formula (x * 9/5) + 32), saving each step of the conversion into separate values. What do you expect the type of each value will be?
val celTemp = 22.5
val tempVal1 = celTemp * 9/5
val fahTemp = tempVal1 + 32
2. Modify the centigrade-to-fahrenheit formula to return an integer instead of a floating-point number.
3. Using the input value 2.7255, generate the string You owe $2.73 dollars. Is this doable with string interpolation?
val dol = 2.7255
s"You owe $dol dollars."
f"You owe $dol%.2f dollars."
4. Is there a simpler way to write the following?
val flag = false
val longResult = (flag == false)

val simpleResult = (false == false)
5. Convert the number 128 to a Char, a String, a Double, and then back to an Int. Do you expect the original amount to be retained? Do you need any special conversion functions for this?
val num = 128
val c = num.toChar
val s = c.toString
val d = s(0).toDouble // note not s.toDouble
val i = d.toInt
6. Using the input string Frank,123 Main,925-555-1943,95122 and regular expression matching, retrieve the telephone number. Can you convert each part of the telephone number to its own integer value? How would you store this in a tuple?
val frank = "Frank,123 Main,925-555-1943,95122"
val numPattern = """.*,(\d{3})-(\d{3})-(\d{4}),.*""".r
val numPattern(num1,num2,num3) = frank