Luet oppimateriaalin englanninkielistä versiota. Mainitsit kuitenkin taustakyselyssä osaavasi suomea. Siksi suosittelemme, että käytät suomenkielistä versiota, joka on testatumpi ja hieman laajempi ja muutenkin mukava.

Suomenkielinen materiaali kyllä esittelee englanninkielisetkin termit. Myös suomenkielisessä materiaalissa käytetään ohjelmaprojektien koodissa englanninkielisiä nimiä kurssin alkupään johdantoesimerkkejä lukuunottamatta.

Voit vaihtaa kieltä A+:n valikon yläreunassa olevasta painikkeesta. Tai tästä: Vaihda suomeksi.


Chapter 1.3: Numbers, Words, Sounds, and Pictures

About This Page

Questions Answered: Could we learn some Scala now, please? How do I use numbers in a Scala program? What about text? What’s a convenient way to experiment with individual commands?

Topics: Working in the REPL environment. Some Scala basics: numbers, arithmetic operations, strings of characters, the println command. Accessing packages with import. Sounds and images.

What Will I Do? Alternate between reading and practising.

Rough Estimate of Workload:? A bit over an hour.

Points Available: A13.

Related Projects: GoodStuff, which you should already have from the previous chapter. This chapter, and nearly all upcoming ones, also require O1Library.)

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Notes: This chapter makes occasional use of sound, so speakers or headphones are recommended. They aren’t strictly necessary, though.

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Where Are We?

Now that you have an overview of programming from the previous chapters, let’s start building some concrete skills one small step at a time.

This is the plan:

  1. Between this chapter and 1.6, you’ll learn to use selected programming techniques and understand the concepts behind them. You’ll program by giving individual instructions to the computer, one by one. You’ll use the techniques as “separate pieces”: they don’t form an entire application yet.
  2. In Chapters 1.7 and 1.8, you’ll learn to create commands of your own by combining existing ones.
  3. From Chapter 2.1 onwards, we’ll put the pieces together and start building application programs. You’ll use all the techniques that you’ll have learned by then.

One Plus One

Practically all programs require at least a bit of elementary arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division. For instance, the GoodStuff application from the previous chapter divides numbers to determine value-for-money figures, and Pong constantly computes new coordinates for the paddles and the ball while the game is running.

Scala, like other programming languages, gives us tools for computing with numbers. For instance, you can issue this Scala command to instruct the computer to compute one plus one:

1 + 1

Simple. But where should you write such a command?

One option would be to create an entire program that makes use of this command somehow and save that program in a file. But there’s another option that is often more convenient as we try out individual Scala commands:

The REPL

In the Eclipse menu, choose Window ‣ Show View ‣ Scala Interpreter (in some installations, this is Window ‣ Show View ‣ Other... ‣ Scala Interpreter) to open a view that is commonly known as the REPL. Assuming you have O1’s official Eclipse preferences set, you can alternatively bring up the REPL by pressing Alt+F11. Try it!

When the REPL is launched, Eclipse asks you which project you’d like to associate with the new REPL session. Select GoodStuff. You’ll be greeted with a view that looks like this:

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The REPL appears at the bottom of the Eclipse view under the heading Scala Interpreter. You can type Scala code at the <type an expression> prompt. Press Ctrl+Enter to execute the code that you typed in. The REPL reports the results above the prompt.

This view is good for interactive experimentation. “REPL” is short for the words read–evaluate–print loop, which convey the basic idea:

  • read: You can type in bits of Scala that the REPL receives as input, or “reads”.
  • evaluate: The REPL runs your code as soon as it receives it. In the case of arithmetic, for instance, it performs the given calculation to produce a result.
  • print: The REPL reports the results of evaluation onscreen.
  • loop: This interaction between the user and the REPL keeps repeating as long as the user likes.

Find the prompt at the bottom edge of the REPL. Enter 1 + 1, for example, and press Ctrl+Enter. The output will be something like this:

1 + 1res0: Int = 2

This the Scala REPL’s way of informing you that the result of the computation is two.

res0 comes from the word result and means “result number 0”, that is, the first result obtained during this REPL session. Here, as in many programming contexts, numbers run from zero upwards.

Int is the Scala name for integer numbers. In Scala, as in many programming contexts, many terms are based on English words.

Ask the REPL to compute some more values. Each result gets reported after the previous ones and labeled with a larger number:

2 + 5res1: Int = 7
1 - 5res2: Int = -4
2 * 10res3: Int = 20
15 / 3res4: Int = 5

Feel free to experiment with other arithmetic operations.

A practical hint

Hold down the Ctrl key and press the up and down arrows on your keyboard (on a Mac, Ctrl+Cmd plus the arrows). As you see, you can access and rerun the commands you issued previously during the same REPL session. This is often very convenient.

The REPL vs. a whole program

In the previous chapter, we looked at the GoodStuff application. It was stored in files, which is why it was easy for us to run and rerun the entire app at will. The acts of writing the program code and running it were unmistakeably separate from each other.

Notice how working in the REPL has a different character. The commands you enter there don’t get permanently stored anywhere. In the REPL, the same separation between writing and running a program doesn’t exist: each command is executed as soon as you finish typing it in.

On Expressions

The examples above were extremely simple but they already involve a number of fundamental programming concepts that’ll be essential to understand as we move forward. The most important of these concepts is the expression (lauseke).

For our purposes, it’s not necessary to define the concept formally. This will suffice: an expression, in programming, is a piece of code that has a value (arvo).

So far, we’ve used arithmetic expressions, which get their values from mathetical computations. For example, 1 + 1 is an expression; its value is the integer two.

Below is one more example in the REPL and a few other key concepts explained in terms of the example. (Reminder: highlight the parts of code associated with a boxed explanation by hovering the mouse cursor over the box.)

50 * 30res5: Int = 1500
An arithmetic expression is made up of subexpressions connected by an arithmetic operator (operaattori). Here, we used the multiplication operator *.
The subexpressions — in this case, the factors being multiplied — are also (simple) expressions in their own right. They are pieces of code with a value. In our example, these expressions are both literals (literaali): values that have been written “as is” into program code. You can tell the value of a literal simply by looking at it; for instance, the literal that consists of the characters five and zero has a value of fifty.
The REPL evaluates (evaluoida) the expressions that you type in. Evaluating an expression produces its value, which the REPL then reports.
Values have data types (tietotyyppi). The integer type Int is one of the data types defined as part of the Scala language.

It’s perfectly possible to enter just a literal as an input to the REPL, as shown below. The evaluation of such inputs couldn’t be much simpler: the literal’s value is exactly what it says on the tin:

123res6: Int = 123

Already in this chapter — and increasingly in subsequent ones — you’ll see data types other than Int, operators other than those for basic math, and expressions more complex than literal and arithmetic ones.

Spaces around operators

The spaces that surround the operators in our examples are not mandatory and don’t affect the values of the arithmetic expressions. Spaces do, however, make the code a bit easier to read (once we start working with larger amounts of code). Using them is a good programming habit.

Dividing Numbers

Scala’s arithmetic is largely familiar from mathematics. However, there are some things that may surprise you.

Experiment with division. Try these, for instance:

15 / 5res7: Int = 3
15 / 7res8: Int = 2
19 / 5res9: Int = 3
Programming in the REPL, experiment with expressions that involve integers and division. Which of the following best describes the evaluation of the expression 99999 / 100000?
What if the expression is 1000 / (5 / 6) instead?

What if I want to round numbers “right”?

Scala’s way of handling integers is common in programming languages. It’s perhaps surprising how often it’s convenient that integer division works as it does.

There are certainly tools for your other rounding needs. We’ll run into them later (e.g., in Chapter 5.2).

Operator Precedence and Brackets

Some operators have precedence over others. As far as arithmetic operators are concerned, the rules should be familiar from mathematics. Multiplication is evaluated before addition, for instance:

1 + 2 * 3res10: Int = 7
5 * 4 + 3 * 2 + 1res11: Int = 27

You can use round brackets to influence evaluation order. This, too, has a familiar feel:

(1 + 2) * 3res12: Int = 9
5 * ((4 + 3) * 2 + 1)res13: Int = 75

A parenthetical warning

In school math, you may have used a different notation where one set of brackets appears inside another. For instance, you may have written square brackets around regular round brackets just for clarity of reading; each kind of bracket had the same meaning.

That won’t work in Scala code.

In Scala, round brackets are used for grouping expressions (and for a few other things). Square or curly brackets won’t do for that purpose. Those other brackets have other uses, which we’ll get to in due time.

In this matter, Scala is a typical programming language. It’s common in programming that different kinds of brackets have different meanings.

On Decimals

What about decimal numbers?

In many ways, they work as you might expect. In Scala, like in most English-speaking countries, the dot is used as the decimal mark:

4.5res14: Double = 4.5
2.12 * 3.2205res15: Double = 6.82746
4.0res16: Double = 4.0

As you can tell from the above, “decimal numbers” go by the name Double in Scala. The type is oddly named for historical reasons.

When you use values of type Double, division works more like how you might expect. Dividing a Double by a Double yields a result that is also a Double:

999.0 / 1000.0res17: Double = 0.999

Combining numerical types

You can use Double values and Int values in the same expression:

29 / 10res18: Int = 2
29.0 / 10res19: Double = 2.9
29 / 10.0res20: Double = 2.9
30.0 / 10.0res21: Double = 3.0

If one of the operands is an integer and one is a decimal number, the result is a decimal number. That applies even if the quotient is equal to an integer.

What about more complex expressions that contain different kinds of numbers? Say, (10 / 6) * (2.0 + 3) / 4. Here, the operators and parentheses determine the order of evaluating the subexpressions; that order determines the type of each value produced as an intermediate result. Can you work out the value of that expression?

To check your thinking, see this interactive animation:

Computer memory and the animations in this ebook

The memory of a computer stores potentially vast amounts of data in the form of bits. As a program runs, it can reserve parts of this memory for various purposes. Each part of memory has its own unique address, a running number of sorts, that identifies that particular memory location.

The bit-level details of how computer memory works are unimportant in this introductory course. Nonetheless, even you the beginner (we presume) will greatly benefit from having a general idea of what gets stored in memory and when. This is why we use animated diagrams, like the one above, that depict the effects of a program run on the contents of memory. The “areas” in these diagrams correspond to parts of computer memory that have been reserved for different purposes.

The first animated example was extremely simple, and you might have understood the expression just fine without it. Even so, it’s a good idea to get familiar with this way of representing program runs, since we’ll be using similar animations to illustrate phenomena that are considerably more complex.

What is the value of the following Scala expression? Think about it first. Program in the REPL to check your reasoning.

6 / 10.0 + 6.0 / 10 + 6 / 10
Enter the value here (just the resulting number, please; don’t include the data type or anything else):

Strings of Characters

Besides numbers, most programs need to manipulate text. Let’s try it:

"Hi"res22: String = Hi
"Hey, there's an echo!"res23: String = Hey, there's an echo!

As the REPL tells us, chunks of text or strings (merkkijono) are represented in Scala by the String type.

A string literal is a string written into program code as is (cf. the Int and Double literals above). String literals go in double quotation marks as shown.

(Thinking back to the previous chapter, you may recall another string literal: the quoted bit in GoodStuff that contained a typo.)

Forget the quotation marks, and you’re liable to get an error message, because the REPL will then try to interpret the text you wrote as a Scala command:

Hi<console>:8: error: not found: value Hi
              Hi
              ^

A Command for Printing

The REPL reports the value and type of each expression, which is a useful service. But suppose we wish to output something other than the familiar litany of resX: SomeType = value?

Scala’s println command lets us tailor the output to what we want.

println("Greetings!")Greetings!
println(123)123
println(-5.2)-5.2

Even though these commands are fairly self-evident, we can spot several features of Scala that are worthy of our attention:

Each command starts with the name of the command. The name goes some way in defining what action is generated by the command. In this case, we print a line of text; Scala’s println is short for print line.
Round brackets follow the name. It isn’t customary to write spaces around these brackets. (But you can, without affecting the behavior of the code.)
Within the round brackets go the command’s parameter expressions (parametrilausekkeet). Parameter expressions refine the command. In our example, each println command is given a single parameter expression that details what the command should print out.

(The word “print” may lead the non-programmer’s thoughts to the kinds of printers that churn out paper. But programmers also use this word about outputting text onscreen.)

A parameter expression doesn’t have to be simply a literal. The following animation portrays the stages of executing the command println("Programming" + (100 - 99)).

As you saw, execution progressed “from inside the brackets outwards”. Later on, you’ll see how this rule of thumb holds in many situations: the parameter expressions inside the round brackets get evaluated first, producing parameter values (parametriarvo) that are then passed to the command, which uses them as it executes.

An argument about terminology

In other texts on programming, either one or both of the things that we’ve called “parameter expressions” and “parameter values” are often called “arguments”. For further comments on this, please see argument on our glossary page.

A Stringed Instrument

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We can use strings of characters to represent text, but strings are useful for representing other things as well. Such as music. Here is a print command that outputs the first couple of bars of Ukko Nooa (“Uncle Noah”), a very simple song traditionally taught to Finnish children as they start to learn the piano, as evidenced on YouTube.

In our program, we represent notes as letters that correspond to the keys of a piano as shown in the picture above.

println("cccedddf")cccedddf

That was none too exciting. It would be more rewarding to play the notes than just printing them out.

Let’s pick up another command. Unlike println, which is part of the Scala’s basic toolkit, the command we use next, o1.play, has been designed for the needs of this very course. This command will bring some life to programs such as the string-manipulating examples in this chapter. (The play command is defined in O1Library. If you didn’t import that project into your workspace in Chapter 1.2, do it now and relaunch your REPL.)

Try the following.

o1.play("cccedddf")

The command produces no visible printout. Instead, it plays the notes listed in its String parameter on a virtual piano. Did you have sounds enabled on your computer?

Also try passing other strings as parameters to o1.play. For instance, you can include spaces, which o1.play interprets as pauses:

o1.play("cccdeee f ffe e")

And hyphens, which o1.play interprets as longer notes:

o1.play("cccdeee-f-ffe-e")

Sound in O1

Here and there during O1, we’ll make use of sound, as we just did. Obviously, this will work only if you have a sounds enabled on your computer.

If you study among other people, please take a pair of headphones along.

If you don’t have access to headphones, you can use println instead of o1.play. Parts of this ebook will be duller for it, but you won’t endanger your course performance.

We don’t require O1 students to have musical ability.

A note about notes

o1.play uses “European” names for notes. This means that what is known as a B note in many English-speaking countries is known as H instead. Here’s an example:

o1.play("cdefgah")

The character b (or alternatively ) denotes flat notes. This plays an E-flat, for instance:

o1.play("eb")

Strings attached

We can combine strings with the plus operator. When it comes to numbers, the operator stands for addition, but it has a different meaning when strings are involved:

"apple" + "pen"res24: String = applepen
"REPL with" + "out" + " a cause"res25: String = REPL without a cause

Notice that spaces inside the quotation marks do affect the result.

Of course, the same operator works fine even in a parameter expression:

println("Uncle Noah, Uncle Noah," + " was an upright man.")Uncle Noah, Uncle Noah, was an upright man.
o1.play("cccedddf" + "eeddc---")

String multiplication

You can also “multiply” a string by a number. For instance, you can form these expressions:

"nefer" * 3
"Under my umbr" + "-ella" * 3 + ", eh" * 3

Which of the following claims about those two expressions are correct? Program in the REPL and find out!

Try these:

o1.play("<cccedddfeeddc---")o1.play(">>>" + "cccedddfeeddc---")o1.play("ccceddd>feedd<<<c---")

o1.play has been defined to let you change octaves: notes that follow the > character will be played at a higher pitch than the ones that precede it; notes that follow < will be played at a lower pitch. Multiple octave-change marks cause a more dramatic change; for instance, the second of the three examples above plinks out Ukko Nooa three octaves higher.

Use the string operators + and * to pastiche the shark attack motif from the movie Jaws. To be more specific, use the operators to form an expression that evaluates to a string that contains exactly the following:

  • first, three < characters to lower the sounds that follow by three octaves (these three at the beginning should be the only <s in the entire string); then
  • the pair of notes "ef" repeated sixteen times; and finally
  • the upper-case pair of notes "EF" repeated eight times.

In the REPL, try entering just the expression. Also try passing the expression as a parameter to o1.play.

If you struggle with this assignment, the first thing is to check your double quotes. Place each component string in quotation marks! It can also be a good idea to print out the string you produced rather than playing it, so that you can examine it visually. And remember that Piazza is there to help you.

Reap the rewards by entering the String-valued expression, operators and all, below. Please enter just the expression, not a command that plays it. Include the operators; don’t enter the longer string that the expression evaluates to.

Another way to change octaves

In addition to supporting < and > as just described, o1.play lets you mark an octave number for any individual note. You can use the numbers from 0 to 9; the default octave is number 5. The following two commands have the same effect, for instance:

o1.play(">cd<<e")o1.play("c6d6e4")

This is unimportant as such, since it’s specific to a particular music-playing command created for the purposes of this course. But if you choose to mess around with o1.play just for fun, you may find it convenient to mark octaves as numbers.

Pictures and Packages

GoodStuff marks the favorite experience with a picture of a grinning face. Pong displays the paddles as pictures of rectangles and the ball as a picture of a circle. Programs manipulate pictures.

Displaying a picture

Let’s use Scala to load an image from a network address. Try it.

o1.Pic("https://en.wikipedia.org/static/images/project-logos/enwiki.png")res26: o1.gui.Pic = https://en.wikipedia.org/static/images/project-logos/enwiki.png
Note the capital P. Pic is the name of a data type for representing images and it’s spelled in upper case just as String and Int are.
The initial o1 indicates that we’re again using a tool created for this course. Not to worry, though: as you use these tools, you are sure to pick up general principles that are useful outside O1 as well.
We pass an address as a parameter. We represent the address as a string literal and therefore enclose it in quotation marks.
We get a value of type Pic that holds image data loaded from the net.

Where did that get us? A particular image is now stored in your computer’s memory, but we didn’t get to see it. One easy way to display an image is o1.show, which works for pictures much like o1.play did for sounds. See below for an example. We’ll come across other ways of displaying images later on.

o1.show(o1.Pic("https://en.wikipedia.org/static/images/project-logos/enwiki.png"))

The image appears in a separate little window in the vicinity of the top-left corner of your screen. Click it or press Esc to close the window.

In the preceding example, we loaded the picture from the net. You can also load an image from a file stored on your computer’s disk drive. Like so:

o1.show(o1.Pic("d:/example/folder/mypic.png"))
You can pass in a path to a local image file. (This is just an example path to a file that could be located on someone’s computer. If you try this, replace it with a path to some existing image file on your computer’s hard drive.)

On the other hand, it’s often not necessary to write the full path. If the image file is located within an active project, there is a simpler way. Assuming you selected GoodStuff when you launched the REPL, the following will also work, since face.png is a file within that project.

o1.show(o1.Pic("face.png"))

o1 and other packages

You’ve seen that some of the tools that we use are located in a package called o1. When we use those tools, we need to mention in the Scala program that we’re accessing that package.

There are a number of reasons why programming tools are placed in different packages. One of the main ones is to avoid name clashes: when building a larger program, perhaps as a collaborative effort, or when using tools built by others, you easily end up with the same name being used for different things in different places. For instance, the names play or show might mean something else in a context other than o1.

A solution is to place the tools with the same name in different packages. Then we can use the package names to indicate which tool we use. A downside of this approach is that repeatedly typing in the package name is tiresome and can make the code harder to read.

We can mitigate the downside with the import command. Let’s get to know it before we get back to working with pictures.

Convenient use of tools with import

When we plan to repeatedly use a command in package o1 — say, o1.show — we can first indicate this intention:

import o1.showimport o1.show

This import command means, roughly: “Wherever it says show below, it refers to the show command that’s defined in package o1.” The import command isn’t an expression and doesn’t have a value. The REPL acknowledges it by simply repeating the command text back at us.

Having issued the import, we can now work with pictures a bit more conveniently:

show(o1.Pic("https://en.wikipedia.org/static/images/project-logos/enwiki.png"))show(o1.Pic("face.png"))
We no longer need to prefix show with o1.
We still need it for Pic, though. If we had also given the command import o1.Pic earlier, we could have omitted this prefix, too.

We could type in a separate import command for each of the tools in package o1 that we intend to use. But instead, we’ll often use this handy notation to import the entire contents of the package in one go:

import o1._import o1._
The underscore _ has various context-dependent meanings in Scala, but generally speaking it means something like “any” or “all”.

Now we can use any tool in the package with no hassle:

play("cdefg")show(Pic("https://en.wikipedia.org/static/images/project-logos/enwiki.png"))show(Pic("face.png"))

Fair enough, the imports didn’t save all that many keystrokes yet, but they will, as we’ll soon use more tools from the package. In later chapters, we’ll be importing many other tools from many other packages.

Colored shapes

The Pong game is an example of a program whose graphics are based on familiar geometric shapes. Our package provides tools that make it easy to define such shapes in different colors. Let’s play with these tools a bit.

Let’s start with colors. Assuming the command import o1._ has been issued, you can refer to common colors simply by their English names:

Blueres27: o1.gui.Color = Blue
Greenres28: o1.gui.Color = Green
DarkGreenres29: o1.gui.Color = DarkGreen
Colors have the type Color.

Let’s use the circle command to create a blue circle:

circle(200, Blue)res30: o1.gui.Pic = circle-shape
Two parameter expressions go in the round brackets: the size and color of the circle.
The command produces an image of a circle whose diameter is 200 “picture elements” commonly known as pixels. The image has the Pic data type that already featured in earlier examples.

Any value of type Pic is a valid parameter for show. Instead of an image from the net or your local drive, you can show a circle whose attributes you define in the Scala code:

show(circle(200, Blue))

Experiment with other colors and shapes. For instance, here’s a rectangle, and its friend, and an isosceles triangle:

show(rectangle(200, 500, Green))show(rectangle(500, 200, Red))show(triangle(150, 200, PhthaloBlue))

Create an ellipse and display it. Use the commands ellipse and show.

When you create the ellipse, pass in three parameters: the ellipse’s width and height in pixels and finally a color.

In the field below, enter a show command that displays a blue (Blue) ellipse that is 400 pixels wide and 300 pixels high.

About the REPL

Perhaps you have wondered whether the REPL is a tool for students/beginners only rather than for serious professionals?

No, it isn’t.

Many professionals, too, use a REPL for experimentation and testing. Besides, even serious professionals are students as they familiarize themselves with new programming languages and program components created by others.

Complex program components can be used in the REPL, including the components of specific applications. Even though we haven’t practiced coding much yet, you can already easily use the REPL to experiment with a component of an existing program. Try the following if you want.

Launching the GoodStuff GUI in the REPL

In the previous chapter, you used the menu in Eclipse to launch the GoodStuff GUI. It’s also possible to display the GUI window by entering the following commands in the REPL.

import o1.goodstuff.gui.CategoryDisplayWindow
import o1.goodstuff.Category
val testWindow = new CategoryDisplayWindow(new Category("Hotel", "night"))
testWindow.visible = true

Here’s a brief explanation: This is how we tell the computer to create a new category of experiences for hotels (or whatever you choose, if you replace the string literals with something else) and a new GUI window that enables you to record new experiences. To accomplish all that, we use tools defined in the packages o1.goodstuff and o1.goodstuff.gui.

The exact meaning of the example code will be clearer to you after the first couple of weeks of O1.

Summary of Key Points

  • You can combine integers (Int), decimal numbers (Double), and arithmetic operators to form arithmetic expressions.
  • An expression is a piece of code that has a value. To evaluate an expression is to determine the expression’s value.
  • You can use the type String to form expressions whose values are strings of characters, such as text.
  • You can use the println command to output strings or other values.
  • The import command comes in handy when you want to use the tools contained in a particular package, such as the o1 package that we often use in O1.
  • The o1 package gives us tools for playing notes represented as strings (play) and working with images (Pic, show, circle, Red, etc.).
  • The REPL environment is convenient for experimenting with new programming techniques, testing, and learning.
  • During the first weeks of O1, you’ll find out how to use the basic data types, expressions, and operations from this chapter for building GoodStuff or another application program.
  • Links to the glossary: REPL; expression, value, to evaluate, literal; operator; data type; string; to print; parameter expression, parameter value (or argument).

Below is a diagram that is intended to clarify some of the most important concepts we have covered and their main relationships. We’ll add to this diagram later.

Learn the concepts in this chapter!

Many of the terms and concepts introduced in this chapter are central to O1. Not simply for their own sake, but because you can use these concepts to make sense of programming phenomena. Knowing the terminology will help you both read this ebook and communicate with other programmers (such as your student pair or the teaching assistants). Pay particular attention to the concepts in the diagram above.

But it’s even more important that...

... you get a feel for programming in practice. The REPL is great for this. Don’t hesitate to try things in the REPL, including things that aren’t specifically suggested in these chapters.

Feedback

Please note that this section must be completed individually. Even if you worked on this chapter with a pair, each of you should submit the form separately.

Credits

Thousands of students have given feedback that has contributed to this ebook’s design. Thank you!

Weeks 1 to 13 of the ebook, including the assignments and weekly bulletins, have been written in Finnish and translated into English by Juha Sorva.

Weeks 14 to 20 are by Otto Seppälä. That part of the ebook isn’t available during the fall term, but we’ll publish it when it’s time.

The appendices (glossary, Scala reference, FAQ, etc.) are by Juha Sorva unless otherwise specified on the page.

The automatic assessment of the assignments has been developed by: (in alphabetical order) Riku Autio, Nikolas Drosdek, Joonatan Honkamaa, Jaakko Kantojärvi, Niklas Kröger, Teemu Lehtinen, Strasdosky Otewa, Timi Seppälä, Teemu Sirkiä, and Aleksi Vartiainen.

The illustrations at the top of each chapter, and the similar drawings elsewhere in the ebook, are the work of Christina Lassheikki.

The animations that detail the execution Scala programs have been designed by Juha Sorva and Teemu Sirkiä. Teemu Sirkiä and Riku Autio have done the technical implementation, relying on Teemu’s Jsvee and Kelmu toolkits.

The other diagrams and interactive presentations in the ebook are by Juha Sorva.

The O1Library software has been developed by Aleksi Lukkarinen and Juha Sorva. Several of its key components are built upon Aleksi’s SMCL library.

The pedagogy behind O1Library’s tools for simple graphical programming (such as Pic) is inspired by the textbooks How to Design Programs by Flatt, Felleisen, Findler, and Krishnamurthi and Picturing Programs by Stephen Bloch.

The course platform A+ has been created by Aalto’s LeTech research group and is largely developed by students. The current lead developer is Jaakko Kantojärvi; many other students of computer science and information networks are also active on the project.

For O1’s current teaching staff, please see Chapter 1.1.

Additional credits appear at the ends of some chapters.

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