Scala LanguageDependency Injection

Cake Pattern with inner implementation class.

//create a component that will be injected
trait TimeUtil {
    lazy val timeUtil = new TimeUtilImpl()

    class TimeUtilImpl{
        def now() = new DateTime()

//main controller is depended on time util
trait MainController {
    _ : TimeUtil => //inject time util into main controller

    lazy val mainController = new MainControllerImpl()
    class MainControllerImpl {
        def printCurrentTime() = println( //timeUtil is injected from TimeUtil trait

object MainApp extends App {
    object app extends MainController 
       with TimeUtil //wire all components


In the above example, I demonstrated how to inject TimeUtil into MainController.

The most important syntax is the self-annotation (_: TimeUtil =>) which is to inject TimeUtil into MainController. In another word, MainController depends on TimeUtil.

I use inner class (e.g. TimeUtilImpl) in each component because, in my opinion, that it is easier for testing as we can mock the inner class. And it is also easier for tracing where the method is called from when project grows more complex.

Lastly, I wire all component together. If you are familiar with Guice, this is equivalent to Binding