Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Scala-IO Core: To Resource Converters

In order to simplify integration with existing libraries, most commonly Java libraries, Scala-IO provides a JavaConverters object with implicit methods that add as*** methods (asInput, asOutput, asSeekable, etc...) to several types of objects.  It is the same pattern as in the scala.collection.JavaConverters object.

These methods can be used instead of the Resource.from*** methods to provide a slightly nicer appearing code.

There is one warning. When using JavaConverters, instead of Resource.from*** for creating Input/Output/Seekable/etc... objects, the chances of falling into the trap of creating non-reusable resources or causing a resource leak is increased. See: scala-io-core-reusable-resources for more details on this.

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