SKB – Scala Option pattern matching


This article is part of the Scala knowledge bits Series.

Periodically, I will publish new exercises so you can slowly build up knowledge about Scala.

It is designed to be done in a very short amount of time and learn a little bit each day, just to create a routine.

This episode will teach you about Scala Option pattern matching.

Hope you are going to enjoy it! It is designed for anyone to learn Scala from scratch and slowly learn, one Bit at a time.

After this Bit, I would love to hear your feedback in the comments down below.

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What are we learning today?

Today we are going to learn about Scala Option pattern matching !

Easy one today.

We are going to see how the concepts of unapply, pattern matching and Option work together.

Time to try on the exercise on your own and scroll down for more information when you are done or if you are stuck.


Here is an exercise to complete today.

If I did my job well, you should be able to guess by yourself the solution based on what you previously learned and based on the clues.

But if you get stuck, scroll down to get more information.

The goal of the exercise is to replace the ??? by a piece of code so that the exercise compiles and that’s how you win! Good luck!

You can fill the exercise right in here:

Or, if it does not load, go on to Scastie (PDLP0wHGQKqN5oS2yt6R4g).

More information about Scala Option pattern matching

In this exercise you will learn (or have learned, if you have already solved the puzzle) about Scala Option pattern matching.

Under the hood Option is a sealed trait that we saw before. It has two implementations: Some and None.

The Some has an unapply method that let you extract the value out. You can see it being used in case Some(n) =>. The None do not since it defines the case when the Option is empty.

On the pattern matching sides of things, because it is a sealed trait, the compiler knows how many possible cases there are: 2. If you remove the Some case or the None one, the compiler will give you a warning related to the completeness of the match cases.

Feel free to go back to the exercise, modify the code to try out new things and get a better intuition for Scala Option pattern matching.


I hope you have learned something new or had fun during this Scala Knowledge Bit.

Please ask questions or post feedback in the comments below.

Feel free to try on the next Scala Knowledege Bit.

If you are curious about the previous Scala knowledge Bits, go check it out! 🙂

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