Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving Using Scala, Second Edition

Mark C. Lewis, Lisa Lacher

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August 24, 2016 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
Textbook - 566 Pages - 70 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498730952 - CAT# K26161
Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC Textbooks in Computing


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  • Provides the first and only introductory textbook on using Scala for CS1 courses
  • Leverages the strengths of Scala to introduce programming using the REPL and scripting environments that are common for dynamically typed scripting languages
  • Covers more advanced topics that benefit from static type checking
  • Updates the book throughout to the changes that have occurred or will occur through Scala 2.12, as well as alterations to general recommendations in the JVM world
  • Divides the previous book into two, separate books - one for CS1 courses and the other for CS2


Praise for the first edition:

"The well-written, comprehensive book…[is] aiming to become a de facto reference for the language and its features and capabilities. The pace is appropriate for beginners; programming concepts are introduced progressively through a range of examples and then used as tools for building applications in various domains, including sophisticated data structures and algorithms…Highly recommended. Students of all levels, faculty, and professionals/practitioners. 
D. Papamichail, University of Miami in CHOICE Magazine


Mark Lewis’ Introduction to the Art of Programming Using Scala was the first textbook to use Scala for introductory CS courses. Fully revised and expanded, the new edition of this popular text has been divided into two books. Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving Using Scala is designed to be used in first semester college classrooms to teach students beginning programming with Scala. The book focuses on the key topics students need to know in an introductory course, while also highlighting the features that make Scala a great programming language to learn.

The book is filled with end-of-chapter projects and exercises, and the authors have also posted a number of different supplements on the book website. Video lectures for each chapter in the book are also available on YouTube. The videos show construction of code from the ground up and this type of "live coding" is invaluable for learning to program, as it allows students into the mind of a more experienced programmer, where they can see the thought processes associated with the development of the code.

About the Authors

Mark Lewis is a Professor at Trinity University. He teaches a number of different courses, spanning from first semester introductory courses to advanced seminars. His research interests included simulations and modeling, programming languages, and numerical modeling of rings around planets with nearby moons. 

Lisa Lacher is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, Clear Lake with over 25 years of professional software development experience. She teaches a number of different courses spanning from first semester introductory courses to graduate level courses. Her research interests include Computer Science Education, Agile Software Development, Human Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering, as well as Measurement and Empirical Software Engineering.