Friday, October 5, 2012

Scala-IO Core: Unmanaged Resources

The main design of Scala-IO is around automatic closing of resources each time a resource is accessed in order to ensure that a programmer cannot unintentionally leave resources open in the face of exceptions or other unexpected situations. However, there are cases where the Scala-IO API is desired but the resource management is undesired. The classic case is of reading or writing to and out. Thus Unmanaged resources exist to satisfy this use-case. 

Since unmanaged resources is a less common use-case there is not a factory object like there is for normal managed Resources.  Instead certain objects can be converted to unmanaged resources using the JavaConverters implicit methods as follows: