Welcome back to this week in Scala!
Firstly, some more solemn news. Phil Bagwell, inventor of VList and whose work was foundational to data structure implementations in Scala, Haskell and Clojure, passed away on October 6th and his funeral was held this week. Typesafe recorded Martin Odersky’s kind words about Phil. He will be missed and left a lasting impression on all.
Now, onto a roundup of Scala content from this past week:
- If you care about the future of the SBT definition format, you might want to give feedback on the proposal
- A roadmap for the Play Framework has been published
- Spray has a nifty new look to it’s site and documentation
- There’s now a DZone Refcard for Scala
- A new book was published on artima by Derek Wyatt: Akka Concurrency
This week I offer you a conversation from 2009 around the question “Why did Twitter jump over from Ruby to Scala” which still makes for some interesting reading:
- 24/10/2012 - Fast Track to Akka, Stockholm
- 24/10/2012 - BeScala Meetup: AROM: a distributed parallel processing framework, Belgium
- 25/10/2012 to 26/10/2012 – FP Days 2012, Cambridge, UK
- 29/10/2012 – Functional Programming, Scala and Play 2, Luxembourg
- 19/11/2012 to 20/11/2012 - Scala eXchange 2012 with Skills Matter, London
Blogs & Tutorials
- Stephane Godbillon wrote about Writing Reactive Apps with ReactiveMongo and Play
- Precog blog: EXISTENTIAL TYPES FTW <- a good post containing an explanation of the cake pattern and why Precog use Scala
- Tony Tam set up a new heating system in his house, which boasts a REST API using Scala and Akka, not to mention MongoDB!
And finally, if you’re interesting in joining the Cake team on a permanent basis – writing Scala, Java and maybe even some Haskell – please do get in touch with Matt Penney.
That’s all folks. Have a great week and remember you can get in touch with me directly via email or message me on twitter (@ChrisCundill) with any Scala news, events or content.