malcolmgreaves / data-tc   0.0.0


A type class for data of all sizes.

Scala versions: 2.11


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A unifying typeclass describing collections and higher-order data transformation and manipulation actions common to a wide variety of data processing tasks. Inspired by the Scala collections API.

Why Use data-tc?

Write an algorithm that accepts a type that adheres to the Data type class and watch it work everywhere! Data describes higher-order-functions that manipulate and transform generic collections. It makes use of the typeclass design pattern for ad-hoc polymorphism. This strategy stands in contrast to the common inheritence-based sub-typing polymorphism that is familiar in nearly every OO langauge. Provuding duck typing like developer productivity with the safety of strong static type checking, typeclasses are a powerful and incredibly flexible mechanism for describing generic behaviors.

Implementations for concrete types of the Data typeclass include:


Add the following to your build.sbt file:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq("io.malcolmgreaves" %% "data-tc-{scala,spark,fink,extra}" % "X.Y.Z")

Where X.Y.Z is the most recent one from sonatype.


We strive for high code coverage. Check out all of the tests:

For a rather small use case, check out Sum(), which shows how to implement the common sum functionality on a Data type class instance with Numeric elements:

object Sum extends Serializable {
  import datatc.Data
  // Brings implicits in scope for things like `map`, `flatMap`, etc.
  // as object oriented style infix notation. These are still using
  // the type class method definitions!
  import Data.ops._
  def apply[N: Numeric: ClassTag, D[_]: Data](data: D[N]): N = {
    val add = implicitly[Numeric[N]].plus _
    data.aggregate(implicitly[Numeric[N]].zero)(add, add)

  def apply[N: Numeric](first: N, numbers: N*): N = {
    val add = implicitly[Numeric[N]].plus _

With this Sum object, we can perform a summation over a Traversable instance:

// Brings into scope all Data typeclass evidence for Scala collections.
import datatc.scala._
Sum(Traversable(1.0, 2.0, 3.0)) == 6.0
Sum(1, 2, 3) == 6

Repository Structure

This project is organized into several sbt sub-projects:

  • data-tc-scala

    • Typeclass definition as datatc.Data
    • Implementations using Scala collections under datatc.scala._
    • Only depends on Scala standard library
  • data-tc-spark

    • Implementation using Spark RDD under datatc.spark._
  • data-tc-flink

    • Implementation using Flink DataSet udner datatc.flink._
  • data-tc-extra

    • Additional functionality using the Data typeclass with 3rd party libraries.


We <3 contributions! We want this code to be useful and used! We use pull requests to review and discuss changes, fixes, and improvements.


Copyright 2015-2018 Malcolm Greaves

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