Null is evil

The concept of Null Reference is sometimes referred to as “The Billion Dollar Mistake”. Such pejorative description has been forged by Sir Anthony Hoare, (you can learn more here) probably most widely known for developing Quicksort, but ironically, also the man who first introduced nulls to ALGOL. But why is null A Bad Thing actually? Read more

Recently I was playing around with Rapture, an awesome utility library created by Jon Pretty. One thing that really stuck with me was the concept of modes. Modes are classes that allow us to modify the type returned by a given library call. You probably wonder how we can do that in Scala. I was curious too, so I dig a bit into the code and this is my answer. Read more

A lot of dynamic typed languages has function that catch all messages the target object doesn’t have. It gives these languages a lot of power to write DSL.

Scala 2.9 introduced an experimental option that enables this sort of dynamic handling of accesses to types in ways that would otherwise fail static type checking. It was refined and made non-experimental in 2.10, though it is still controlled through flag which is disabled by default. Read more

Scala is well known as a concise, readable programming language. One of the reasons is that many popular libraries offer their users DSLs to work with. These convenient APIs make creating programs simpler by saving our keystrokes and (most importantly) by improving readability. But it’s not always the case …

Sometimes we have to work with what we were given and sometimes it might be a verbose Java API. I will show you how you can make development easier by abstracting away rough edges of the underlying code. Read more