Scala–Methods vs Functions

An excellent explanation on Scala Methods and Functions:

http://jim-mcbeath.blogspot.in/2009/05/scala-functions-vs-methods.html

Apparently, Methods in Scala are different from Functions. From what I understand, a method is similar to a method in Java – it takes input and produces an output. But a Function is an object. Also takes an input and produces an output, but is an object. Here’s how they’re different:

def f1(x:Int):Int = x*2     //Method that doubles input

def f2 = (x:Int)=>x*2      //Function that doubles input

//f1.toString                    //Cannot be done!

f2.toString                      //Is perfectly valid

For more details, I’d suggest you take a look at Jim McBeath’s explanation.

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Working with Functions in Scala – Part 1

Scala treats functions as first class citizens. I keep forgetting the syntax for it, so putting it here as a handy reference. This post deals with the following features of Scala:

  1. Anonymous Functions
  2. Assigning Functions to variables
  3. Composite Functions
    Please note that the term ‘function’ here is used to refer to both mathematical functions and programmatic functions. The key strength of Functional Programming languages is the ability to unify both.

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