Duck Typing in Scala: Structural Typing

Scala goes very far with its loads of features improving the JVM world. Sometimes, a bit too far, maybe. But this feature here is just plain awesome! Typesafe duck typing! An example:

def quacker(duck: {def quack(value: String): String}) {
  println (duck.quack("Quack"))

The above quacker method accepts any “duck” that can quack. Read the full article here:

2 thoughts on “Duck Typing in Scala: Structural Typing

  1. The Go Language also doe something similar to this and is in fact how its “interfaces” work. While I like the idea in theory I find in practice it makes it difficult to read other peoples code. That is my problem with many of the new highly expressive languages: its easier to *write* code but potential much harder to *read* code especially other people’s code.

    Scala I have extra annoyance as it tries to be everything while still being syntactically verbose. I wish Scala was more like F# … focus on being FP, remove the braces (Scala is really not that terse compared to ML) and let other languages be OOP or script like. Embrace Polyglot not C++ :)

    With Groovy 2.0 and Java 8, the Vert.x polyglot approach Scala seems less appealing each day. (end of rant :) ).

    1. It’s ok, I like your rants :-)

      I like Scala for its elegant combination of functional and object oriented programming. I really think that it combines the best of both worlds, mostly. But it goes too far in many aspects.

      Then again, this is OK, as I think that Scala is a good sandbox for future Java evolutions. Prior to Scala, no other JVM language was as well-defined and as well-thought-through, in my opinion. Also, no other JVM language had such a capable and passionate leader at its top. Designing a language is just a very hard thing. Fixing an ill-designed language later is almost a no-go (e.g. PHP4 -> PHP5).

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