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sbt in Action

The simple Scala build tool
Joshua Suereth and Matthew Farwell
  • November 2015
  • ISBN 9781617291272
  • 280 pages
  • printed in black & white

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Covers core concepts using the Scala build tool. A useful read for beginners and advanced users alike.

Iain Campbell, Tango Telecom
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A tutorial about effectively building Scala projects, sbt in Action introduces the sbt tool with a simple project that establishes the fundamentals of running commands and tasks. Next, it shows you how to use the peripheral libraries in sbt to make common tasks simpler. Finally, it covers how to deploy software effectively. You'll learn to appreciate how sbt improves the process of developing software, not just running builds.

about the technology

sbt is a build tool native to Scala that can transform any build scenario into a streamlined, automated, and repeatable process. Its interactive shell lets you customize your builds on the fly, and with sbt's unique incremental compilation feature, you can update only the parts of your project that change, without having to rebuild everything. Mastering sbt, along with the right patterns and best practices, is guaranteed to save you time and trouble on every project.

about the book

sbt in Action, first and foremost, teaches you how to build Scala projects effectively. It introduces the sbt tool with a simple project that establishes the fundamentals of running commands and tasks. Next, it shows you how to use the peripheral libraries in sbt to make common tasks simpler. Along the way, you'll work through real projects that demonstrate how to build and deploy your projects regardless of development methodology or process.

what's inside

  • Master sbt's loosely coupled libraries
  • Effectively manage dependencies
  • Automate and simplify your builds
  • Customize builds and tasks

about the reader

Readers should be comfortable reading Scala code. No experience with sbt required.

about the author

Josh Suereth is a Senior Software Engineer at Typesafe and the author of Scala in Depth. Matthew Farwell is a senior developer and the author of the Scalastyle style checker.

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Offers a fast introduction to the basics of building software with sbt and complements it with detailed coverage of sbt’s more advanced topics.

Dusan Kysel, Cyber Brain

Despite being a Java guy, I liked how the book tried to fool me into learning Scala. As I worked through the examples, I couldn’t help but start piecing some of it together.

Eric Weinberg, Emprata
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