How to Enable Filtering in a `for` Expression

Next, let’s see if we can use a filtering clause inside of a for expression with the Sequence code we have so far.

Trying to use a filtering expression

When I paste the current Sequence class and this code into the Scala REPL:

val ints = Sequence(1,2,3,4,5)

val res = for {
    i <- ints
    if i > 2
} yield i*2

I see the following error message:

How To Make Sequence Work as a Single Generator in a ‘for’ Expression

Getting Sequence to work as a generator in a simple for loop was cool, but does adding foreach let Sequence also work when I add yield? Let’s see.

When I paste this code into the REPL:

val ints = Sequence(1,2,3)

for {
    i <- ints
} yield i*2

I see this error message:

How to Make Sequence Work in a Simple ‘for’ Loop

So far I have this Sequence class:

case class Sequence[A](initialElems: A*) {

    private val elems = scala.collection.mutable.ArrayBuffer[A]()

    // initialize
    elems ++= initialElems


With that code I can create new Sequence instances like this:

val strings = Sequence("a", "b", "c")
val nums = Sequence(1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Next, I’ll modify Sequence so I can use it as a generator in a for loop.

How to Create a Sequence Class to be Used in a ‘for’ Expression

The best way I know to demonstrate how the Scala for expression works is for us to build our own collection class.

To keep things simple I’m going to create a custom class as a “wrapper” around an existing Scala collection class. The reason for this is that I want you to focus on the effects that writing map, flatMap, withFilter, and foreach methods have on how the class works in a for expression — not on writing the gory internals of a collection class.

How to drop the first matching element in a Scala sequence

Summary: This blog post shows one way to drop/filter the first matching element from a Scala sequence (Seq, List, Vector, Array, etc.). I don’t claim that the algorithm is efficient, but it does work.


While creating some Scala test code earlier today I had an immutable list of toppings for a pizza, and I got into a situation where I wanted to remove the first instance of a topping.

How to shuffle (randomize) a list in Scala

As a quick note today, to shuffle a list in Scala, use this technique:


Here’s what this approach looks like in the Scala REPL:

Scala ‘for’ loop examples and syntax

Table of Contents1 - Example data structures2 - Basic for-loop examples3 - Generators in for-loops4 - for-loop generators with guards5 - Scala for/yield examples (for-expressions)6 - Scala for loop counters (and zip, zipWithIndex)7 - Using a for loop with a Map8 - Multiple futures in a for loop9 - foreach examples10 - Summary

Besides having a bad memory, I haven’t been able to work with Scala much recently, so I’ve been putting together this list of for loop examples.

This page is currently a work in progress, and as of tonight I haven’t tested some of the examples, but ... if you’re looking for some Scala for loop examples — technically called a for comprehension or for expression — I hope these examples are helpful.

How to list subdirectories beneath a directory in Scala

This is an excerpt from the Scala Cookbook (partially modified for the internet). This is Recipe 12.10, “How to list subdirectories beneath a directory in Scala.”


You want to generate a list of subdirectories in a given directory.


Use a combination of the Java File class and Scala collection methods: