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Bring your laptop - An evening with Scala

  • Jan 22, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Before we jump into functional programming, let's get started by introducing Scala.  We'll explore the language and work together to get a development environment setup on our laptops.  Come work through some simple Scala exercises and see how easy and fun the Scala language can be.

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  • Derek M.

    Btw, for those not familiar with the Scala language, I found this video helpful - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grvvKURwGNg. It's long (1h45), but worth it (minimal fluff, the presneter is personable and funny).

    January 24, 2014

  • Alan E.

    Here's links to two conferences that focus on functional programming to some extent:

    The upcoming ETE conference in Philly
    April 22,[masked]http://phillyemergingtech.com/2014

    Strange Loop (held annually in St. Louis in September)
    https://thestrangeloop.com/

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Geoffrey K.

      Last year I went to LambdaJam in Chicago and StrangeLoop in St. Louis. Hundreds and hundreds of really smart people. It was very exciting. I'm still catching up watching videos of sessions I missed because I was in a different session.

      January 23, 2014

    • Geoffrey K.

      Oh, I went to PhillyETE last year, which is as good as it gets in PA. I'm on the fence this year, only for reasons of cash flow. I may go anyway. Have to keep the brain alive and keep up with old friends and make new ones.

      January 23, 2014

  • Alan E.

    Here's the link for the Scala koans we worked on:
    http://scalakoans.org

    And some resources to learn Scala:
    Atomic Scala (pdf book, first 100 pages free) http://www.atomicscala.com Scala School
    http://twitter.github.io/scala_school

    Effective Scala (Scala coding conventions)
    http://twitter.github.io/effectivescala

    1 · January 22, 2014

    • Geoffrey K.

      Excellent, thanks. Did not know about the Scala koans or Atomic Scala. I have a half dozen other Scala books.

      January 23, 2014

  • Derek M.

    Here's the blog post I mentioned about "Null, Nil, Nothing, None, and Unit" - http://oldfashionedsoftware.com/2008/08/20/a-post-about-nothing/

    2 · January 22, 2014

  • David J.

    Thanks for organizing, Alan!

    1 · January 22, 2014

  • Geoffrey K.

    Can't come 22JAN. A friend passed away, a Navy pilot and astronaut candidate 50 years ago. Going to his funeral. Hope to see you next time.

    January 20, 2014

  • Geoffrey K.

    Did other people take the Coursera FRP course taught by Odersky, Meijer and Kuhn?

    January 4, 2014

    • Alan E.

      I completed about half the course officially. I am continuing to work through the course at my own pace.

      January 4, 2014

    • Derek M.

      Like Alan, I'm working through it at my own pace.

      January 5, 2014

  • Hector C.

    I hate to miss this but I have already tickets for an event that night. Have fun!

    January 4, 2014

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