Simple 'Can Scala Do This?' QuestionsJun 11, 2013 · 1 minute read · Comments
Today, a friend asked me if Scala could pass primitives (such as Double) by reference. It can be useful sometimes instead of creating a full blown object. In Java there is commons lang MutableDouble. It could be interesting if there was some optimized way to do that.
One answer could be: it’s not functional programming oriented and therefore not too surprising this is not encouraged in Scala.
Then he wondered if we could use it for C#.
I know this used to be possible in Scala 1.0, I believe it’s not anymore since 2.x. This was a cool feature, especially if they had managed to develop strong libraries around it. I think it was abandoned to focus on other things, because of lack of resources, but it’s sad.
Later today, I tried to use the nice syntax to return multiple values from a method: var (a,b) = mymethod(1)
I noticed you then could not do: (a,b) = mymethod(2)
So declaring a var seems pointless in this case.
One way to achieve this is to:
var tuple = mymethod(1) var a = tuple._1 var b = tuple._2
This does not look so nice.