Scala: Class and Object Cheat Sheet


Basic Syntax:

class Class_name{
// methods and feilds

Some optional attributes:

  • Keyword class: A class keyword is used to declare the type of class.
  • Class name: The name should begin with an initial letter (capitalized by convention).
  • Superclass(if any): The name of the class’s parent (superclass), if any, preceded by the keyword extends. A class can only extend (subclass) one parent.
  • Traits(if any): A comma-separated list of traits implemented by the class, if any, preceded by the keyword extends. A class can implement more than one trait.
  • Body: The class body is surrounded by { } (curly braces).


An object consists of :

  • State: It is represented by attributes of an object. It also reflects the properties of an object.
  • Behavior: It is represented by methods of an object. It also reflects the response of an object with other objects.
  • Identity: It gives a unique name to an object and enables one object to interact with other objects.

In Scala, an object of a class is created using the new keyword. The syntax of creating an object in Scala is:

var obj = new Objectname();

Object orientation

class C(x: R)Constructor params – x is only available in class body.
class C(val x: R)
var c = new C(4)
Constructor params – automatic public member defined.
class C(var x: R) {
assert(x > 0, "positive please")
var y = x
val readonly = 5
private var secret = 1
def this = this(42)
Constructor is class body.
Declare a public member.
Declare a gettable but not settable member.
Declare a private member.
Alternative constructor.
new {
Anonymous class.
abstract class D { ... }Define an abstract class (non-createable).
class C extends D { ... }Define an inherited class.
class D(var x: R)
class C(x: R) extends D(x)
Inheritance and constructor params (wishlist: automatically pass-up params by default).
object O extends D { ... }Define a singleton (module-like).
trait T { ... }
class C extends T { ... }
class C extends D with T { ... }
Interfaces-with-implementation. No constructor params.
trait T1; trait T2
class C extends T1 with T2
class C extends D with T1 with T2
Multiple traits.
class C extends D { override def f = ...}Must declare method overrides.
new"f")Create object.

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