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This week in #Scala (14/04/2014)

Posted by Marios Papasofokli on Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Welcome to another edition of #ThisWeekInScala!

An exciting week since we have new releases for Scala, Play and Akka!

Since I will be away next week, my colleague Mario Arias (@dh44t) will be producing the next roundup which will be released on a Tuesday because of Monday's holiday.

Lets catch-up on the latest Scala happenings...

New Stuff

  • Scala 2.11.0 RC4 was released, since RC3, the team has fixed two blocker bugs, and admitted some final polishing for macros and quasiquotes
    • Specs2-2.3.10 for Scala 2.11.0-RC4 was released
  • Play 2.3-M1 was released! Pretty exciting stuff coming to Play which you can go on and read about! Also a good read is James Roper's answer as well for clarification
  • Akka 2.3.2 was released! This is the second maintenance release of the 2.3 branch. It contains fixes for several issues
  • Sbt 0.13.5-M3 was released - a technology preview of what's to come to sbt 1.0 with many enhancements that the team has been working on like auto plugins and "sbt as a server"
  • Lift 2.6-M3 was released!
  • Mod-lang-scala 1.0.0 with complete Vert.x API was released!
  • Accord 0.3.1 maintenance release is out
  • Skinny Framework 1.0.6-1 is out with lots of improvements
  • Reactive design patterns is a new book by Roland Kuhn and Jamie Allen. The first chapter is available for free!

Old Stuff

  • Scala.jsFiddle is an online scratchpad to try out your Scala.js snippets. Enter Scala code on the left and see the results on the right, after the Scala is compiled to Javascript using the Scala.js compiler. There are some examples in the main page and this is my personal favourite

Blogs & Tutorials

  • Our own Matt Squire wrote a blogpost about: Reflections on Akka
  • Scalar Conference 2014, a Scala conference in central Europe
    • Tomasz Kaczmarzyk's thoughts about that conference
    • Konrad Malawski's slides from the presentation regarding: Akka persistence == event sourcing in 30 minutes
    • Macro-based type providers in Scala, Eugene Burmako and Travis Brown gave a talk in Scalar conference and here are their slides
  • From 1000 to 10k users per server - concurrency rediscovered with Akka, a presentation from Lambda Days by Piotr Gabryanczyk
  • The other 99%: dropping scalaz as a dependency, a blogpost by Gideon De Kok
  • Transforming existing 'monolithic' Scala application into distributed micro-services application. How to do it with minimal impact on existing code. Two blogposts by Eugene Zhulenev: Seamless migration from monolithic application to Finagle services part 1, part 2

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That’s all folks. You can get in touch with me directly via email or on Twitter (@mpapasofokli) with any Scala news, events or content. Tip: Tweet about your content using hashtag #Scala.

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