Scala Imports: Quick Intro and Examples

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Scala Imports: Quick Intro and Examples

Imports (available in other languages via constructs like require, include or load), help us keep our code modular and weakly coupled with other parts of our application.

In Scala, as with many other languages, one can (should) split their code into modules and then import them into other modules, so that only their public interface is visible to them.

One key idea here is that of packages, which is the way modules are known in the Java (and therefore in the Scala) world.

You can use code from other packages if you a) fully qualify them or b) import them into the current scope. In Scala, you can do anything you are able to in Java and plus a few other tricks:

Simplest use case

It's just like Java:


val p = new MyClass

Import all classes in a package

Similar to using the star (*) in Java:


//all classes in the imported package can now be used
//supposing classes ClassA and ClassB were members of that package:
val a = new ClassA
val b = new ClassB

Importing multiple Classes

  ClassA, ClassB

val a = new ClassA
val b = new ClassB


If you have used Python before, chances are you liked renaming your imports with aliases to make your code easier to read (e.g. import numpy as np) . You can do that in Scala too:

  SomeClassWithAVeryLongName => ThisClass,
  SomeOtherClassYouWantToRename => ThatClass

val foo = new ThisClass
val bar = new ThatClass

Importing an Object into scope

You can also import objects into scope. This can be used to import companion objects (just containers for static methods on a class) or regular objects:


//you can now use all methods in object HelperObject
val a = helperMethod("foo","bar")

Imports can also be declared inside defined scopes!

For example, if you only want a set of methods to be accessible inside a function, you can do so:

def timesPi(num:Int):Double = {
  import math._
  // methods (and constants) are only available inside this function! 
  num * Pi

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