In one of my services, I have the function as presented below:

private def convertCreateResultsToCreateAllReasult(results: List[CreateResult.Result]): CreateAllResult.Result = {
    val firstConflictResult = results.collectFirst {
      case r: CreateResult.Conflict => r
    } match {
      case Some(cr: CreateResult.Conflict) => Some(CreateAllResult.Conflict(cr.message))

      case None => None

    val firstNotFoundResult = results.collectFirst {
      case r: CreateResult.NotFound => r
    } match {
      case Some(nfr: CreateResult.NotFound) => Some(CreateAllResult.NotFound(nfr.message))

      case None => None

    val firstFailedResult = results.collectFirst {
      case r: CreateResult.Failed => r
    } match {
      case Some(fr: CreateResult.Failed) => Some(CreateAllResult.Failed(fr.message))

      case None => None

    val failedResults = List(firstConflictResult, firstNotFoundResult, firstFailedResult).flatten

    if (failedResults.isEmpty) {

      val createdDefinitions = results.collect {
        case r: CreateResult.Ok => r.definition


    } else {



The argument of this function is a list of result objects, where the result object looks like this:

object CreateResult {

    sealed trait Result

    case class Ok(definition: ChecklistRuleDefinition) extends Result
    case class Conflict(message: String) extends Result
    case class NotFound(message: String) extends Result
    case class Failed(message: String) extends Result


As you can see the result can be Ok (which is considered successful) and everything else (that considered as failed for various reasons).

The function should:

  • Return first fails result converted into a different type in case there is one such result in the list. or
  • Return all successful results converted into CreateAllResult.Ok (if all of them successful).

Here is the CreateAllResult object:

object CreateAllResult {

    sealed trait Result

    case class Ok(definitions: List[ChecklistRuleDefinition]) extends Result
    case class Conflict(message: String) extends Result
    case class NotFound(message: String) extends Result
    case class Failed(message: String) extends Result


The thing is, whatever I posted here, it seems to be working as expected. But, I hate the code. I know know that scala has all the bells and whistles to make the code nicer and more readable. I just didn't find the way to do so.

How can this code be written in a nicer, scala like, way?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to Code Review. Could you provide more context for this question? What is the CreateAllResult class, and how does it differ from CreateResult? \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Oct 6 '17 at 1:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @200_success Not, sure if there is more context that I can provide. But, sure, I edited the question with CreateAllResult object \$\endgroup\$ – Shurik Agulyansky Oct 6 '17 at 1:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why bother with CreateAllResult, when it looks just like CreateResult? \$\endgroup\$ – 200_success Oct 6 '17 at 1:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, the Ok is different. And, also, that is our convention. That does not simplify anything though. \$\endgroup\$ – Shurik Agulyansky Oct 6 '17 at 1:40

Something like this maybe?

  def trf(
    results: List[CreateResult.Result],
    conf: Option[CreateAllResult.Conflict] = None,
    nf:   Option[CreateAllResult.NotFound] = None, 
    f:    Option[CreateAllResult.Failed] = None, 
    defs: List[ChecklistRuleDefinition] = Nil
  ): List[CreateAllResult.Result] = results.map { 
    case r: CreateResult.Conflict :: tail if conf.isEmpty => 
         trf(tail, Some(CreateAllResult.Conflict(r)), nt, f, Nil)
    case r: CreateResult.NotFound :: tail if nf.isEmpty  => 
         trf(tail, conf, Some(CreateAllResult.NotFound(r)), f, Nil)
    case r: CreateResult.Failed  if f.isEmpty => 
         trf(tail, conf, nf, Some(CreateAllResult.Failed(r)), Nil)
    case Ok(defn) :: tail if conf ++ nf ++ f isEmpty => 
         trf(tail, None, None, None, dfn :: defs)
    case _ if defs.isEmpty => conf ++ nf ++ f
    case _ =>  CreateAllResult.Ok(defs.reverse)

Oh, wait you are only returning the first failure, are you? I didn't realize that at first, thought you wanted the first of each type. Well, that makes it kinda simpler ... How about this:

object Failure {
   def unapply(res: Result) = res match {
    case r: CreateResult.Conflict  => Some(CreateAllResult.Conflict(r))
    case r: CreateResult.NotFound  => Some(CreateAllResult.NotFound(r))
    case r: CreateResult.Failed => Some(CreateAllResult.Failed(r))

def trf(results: List[CreateResult.Result]) = results
  .collectFirst { case Failure(r) => r }
     results.collect { case r: CreateResult.Ok => r.definition }
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