As a bit of trivia to begin, Alvin Alexander pointed out that Apple are now up to six Scala job postings! Seems they like the language, which is good, 'cause a lot of us like their machines. Anyhow, that's not what you came here for, you came for this stuff...
Welcome to another edition of #ThisWeekInScala. I'm back from holiday and getting back into the swing of things. Thanks again to Mark Harrison for keeping this roundup going. Here's the content I've managed to glean for you over the past week...
Welcome to another edition of 'This week in Scala'! Thanks to an excellent Scala eXchange 2012 (ScalaX) in London with Skills Matter, there's plenty of video presentations to share.
At ScalaX, I won the excellent MEAP Akka in Action book in a Skills Matter prize draw! A fortunate individual from BSkyB will shortly receive an Apple TV won in the Cake Solutions prize draw.
Martin Odersky was on keynote and described the neat features coming in Scala 2.10. He also described how his hands were made to appear translucent and overlaid the slides in the Coursera class videos. Of the 50,000 which registered for the Coursera class, around 20% (10,000) users handed in all the assignments. This is apparently much higher than the average MOOC which is more around the 5% mark. It was quite funny to see how Martin was blown away by the amount of hands that were raised when he asked the audience if they had signed up for the course.
Scala - and indeed functional programming - continues to rise. Don't miss out...
Welcome to another edition of 'This week in Scala'! I have a bumper issue for you; there's been lots happening in the Scala world.
Firstly though, it wouldn't be right to continue without mentioning the excellent Coursera Scala class which reaches it's conclusion this coming week. The final deadline is looming and certificates are waiting in the wings for some of the 50K+ students that took part. If you are itching to keep on learning, then I recommend checking out the Scala Koans project. If you're not already aware, Koans is a Japanese term and has been adopted in programming to essentially mean broken unit tests. I'll let you figure out the rest about this learning approach. ;-)
The US election is over. Whether you were taking an active interest in proceedings - or staying well clear - one organisation had no choice. This organisation was helping the election news travel faster than ever before. This organisation was experiencing record traffic; facilitating 874,560 messages per minute without fail. This organisation is Twitter and they use Scala. Success.
Presentations from JavaOne have been made freely available, so naturally, I have picked out the best Scala options for you. However, it wouldn't be right to carry on without a mention of that man again - Martin Odersky. Someone asked him a question just a few days ago:
@fergsomers: #scala @odersky - any beard in your past or future?
It's a very insightful question you know. Quite important I'd say.