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Scala Functions and Closures

 

Function is a block of code which provides the reusability of code. There are two types of functions –

  • Built – in function (Already created i.e. predefined)
  • User defined function (Created by users according to the requirements)

Method in scala is a part of a class which has a name, a signature, optionally some annotations, and some byte code whereas Scala’s function is a complete object which can be assigned to a variable.

 

Function Declarations:

It has following syntax:

def function_name ([parameters list]) : [return type]

 

Function Definitions:

It has following syntax:

def function_name ([parameters list]) : [return type] = {

//body of function

return [expression]

e.g.

object add{

def sum( i:Int, j:Int ) : Int = {

var total: Int = 0

total = i + j

return total

}

}

Unit is used when function does not return.It is same as void in Java.

 

Calling Functions:

Following syntax is used to call function:

function_name( parameter list)

If function is called using instance of object then use dot notation as follows:

[instance].function_name(parameters list)

e.g.

object add{

def sum( i:Int, j:Int ) : Int = {

var total: Int = 0

total = i + j

println(“sum is: “ +total );

}

add.sum(10,20);

}

Output

Sum is: 30

 

Scala Closures

It is a function which return value is depends on the one or more variables values which are declared outside this function.

e.g.

var value = 20

val sum = (i:Int) => i + value

In this i is a formal parameter whereas value is not a formal parameter.

e.g.

object Intellipaat {

def main(args: Array[String]) {

println( “First operation value: ” +sum(1))

println( “Second operation value: ” +sum(2))

}

var value = 20

val sum = (i:Int) => i + value

}

Output

First operation value: 21

Second operation value: 22

So sum value is depends on the outside variable value.

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