Take Home Points

Some programs cannot be written in a single expression!

Scala provides value declarations as a means to capture and re-use values in the rest of our code. Because Doodle is based on immutable data structures, we can re-use single values multiple times without worrying about unintended side-effects. The chessboard example demonstrates this nicely---it re-uses the fourByFour value four times and the twoByTwo value sixteen times, resulting in a compact memory-efficient representation.

Method declarations do a different job. They allow us to abstract over parameters, creating blocks of code that work with a variety of inputs. Functional programming places emphasis on writing methods that return useful values, effectively turning methods into high-level constructors.

For example, we can view a method like tetradChessBoard() as a constructor for a chess board. Even though the method creates many objects internally, the substitution model allows us to ignore the implementation details and treat the method as a black box.

Value Declarations→