Enums for scala

Scala has very limited implementation of Enumeration. Enumerated objects can’t extends other classes. Partial replacement for it is to use sealed classes. You can do pattern matching on them. When you ommit some possible value you will get compiler warning for not exhaustive pattern matching. One missing feature is that you can’t get sorted values of all objects extending them. You can simple got it using my (40-lines) EnumOf class from scala-enum. Examples below.


sealed abstract class Color(red: Double, green: Double, blue: Double)

object Color extends EnumOf[Color] {
  case object Red   extends Color(1, 0, 0)
  case object Green extends Color(0, 1, 0)
  case object Blue  extends Color(0, 0, 1)
  case object White extends Color(0, 0, 0)
  case object Black extends Color(1, 1, 1)


Color.values shouldEqual List(Red, Green, Blue, White, Black)

Color.valueOfOpt("Blue").value shouldEqual Blue
Color.valueOfOpt("NotExisiting").isEmpty shouldBe true

You can also enumerate on objects nested in instances


case class DistanceFrom(srcCity: String, srcCoordinates: Coordinate) extends EnumOf[DistanceBetween] {

    case object ToBerlin extends DistanceFromSrcCityTo("Berlin", Coordinate(52.5075419, 13.4251364))
    case object ToNewYork extends DistanceFromSrcCityTo("New York", Coordinate(40.7033127, -73.979681))
    abstract class DistanceFromSrcCityTo(val destCity: String, val destCoordinates: Coordinate) extends DistanceBetween {
        override def srcCoordinates: Coordinate = DistanceFrom.this.srcCoordinates

sealed abstract class DistanceBetween {
    def srcCoordinates: Coordinate
    def destCity: String
    def destCoordinates: Coordinate
    def inKm: Int = Coordinate.distanceInKm(srcCoordinates, destCoordinates).toInt


val DistanceFromWarsaw = DistanceFrom("Warsaw", Coordinate(52.232938, 21.0611941))
DistanceFromWarsaw.ToBerlin.inKm shouldEqual 519
DistanceFromWarsaw.ToNewYork.inKm shouldEqual 6856
DistanceFromWarsaw.values.map(_.inKm) shouldEqual List(519, 6856)