Northeast Scala Symposium 2012 - Day 2

The second day of the symposium is a hands-on unconference of Scala coding workshops held at MIT's Stata Center. We have the entire first floor for us and all doors will be open.

We've got room for 30 Scala Workshops, in five different rooms and 6 timeslots. The unconference orientation and planning is 9-10 in the morning. We can meet under the big question mark. We can't serve food in this space so please arrive caffeinated and ready to workshop.

There will be two morning sessions, DIY lunch 12-1:30, and four afternoon sessions. Anyone can organize a workshop. The best workshops will be highly interactive and educational.

We'll update our Google Calendar with the session schedule as it develops. Add it now so you'll have it then!

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  • David W.

    It's the first time I've seen the unconference format produce something worth seeing. Despite the lack of preparation the talks were surprisingly good. They did lack the density of the first day, not just because they were an hour long instead of half an hour. A two-day planned conference with 45 or 60 minute talks would probably work better.

    March 13, 2012

  • Chris L.

    An amazing line-up of presentations, discussions, and hack sessions by some really clever and friendly people.

    March 11, 2012

  • Brian T.

    Great to be around smart pople

    March 11, 2012

  • Hugh M.

    Anyone find a dark brown leather glove in the Stata center yesterday ? -- Hugh (with a cold right hand) :-)

    March 11, 2012

  • Richard C.

    Lots of smart people. Wish I knew more about functional programming to understand some of those talks better, but hey, that's how you learn.

    March 11, 2012

  • Brian C.

    Outstanding conference filled with wicked-smart people, great presentations, and much snarky hilarity.

    March 11, 2012

  • Santosh G G.

    Lots to new thing to read and experiment..Lots of interesting ideas

    March 11, 2012

  • Alexandre B.

    Just amazing

    March 11, 2012

  • Oliver S.

    Scheduling was slightly confusing. May have helped to have things posted centrally somewhere, but it all worked out well, and the quality of talks was better than expected for a mostly unstructured day.

    March 11, 2012

  • Rúnar B.

    I posted the code from the monads session here: http://paste.pocoo.org/show/563...­

    March 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Already delivered.

    March 10, 2012

  • Seth T.

    anyone have a spare Mac ?> VGA adapter? if so can you bring it to 141 right now for the Heroku workshop?

    March 10, 2012

  • Doug T.

    readonly google cal sched -> http://t.co/H3qVbu39­

    March 10, 2012

  • David W.

    Any chance of a code clinic run by people with a few years of experience? I think I'm just past the "java without semicolon" phase and may be wandering off into the weeds.

    March 10, 2012

  • Alvaro C.

    If there is interest, here are a couple things I can give a short talk/discussion on:
    - Real world experience using the Play! framework
    - Using XML literals instead of templates within a web framework (crazy you say?)
    - Handling authorization in web frameworks (monad, but you don't need to know that)
    - Scala-to-javascript compilation - work-in-progress, but I'm already using it :)

    March 10, 2012

  • Erik O.

    Hey folks, I would totally participate in a hacking scalac and/or compiler plugins talk (some experience doing both).

    If anyone is interested I would love to talk about (and/or work on) specialization, numeric type classes, and/or this project https://github.com/non/scala-num...­.

    March 9, 2012

  • Doug T.

    +1 Eugene

    March 9, 2012

  • Scott M.

    Runar and all, I would be extremely interested in a pure functional workshop.

    March 9, 2012

  • Brian C.

    Eugene, I'm in.

    March 9, 2012

  • Eugene Y.

    sbt or sbt plugins workshop?

    2 · March 9, 2012

  • Rúnar B.

    Jim: There will be a high concentration of iterateers present at the conference. Josh Suereth, John DeGoes, Daniel Spiewak, Paul Chiusano, Ed Kmett, Dan Doel and others. Maybe we can corral some of them for this kind of session on Sat/Sun.

    March 8, 2012

  • Jim P.

    Runar: +1000
    Would love to get some details on Scalaz-7, in particular, some help on using RegionT and Resources (SQL). Iteratee-base DB access would also be helpful. Iteratee-based web server sounds great as well.

    March 8, 2012

  • Chris L.

    There's been some interest in using scala to configure your application in code rather than some external configuration format. I could lead a basic workshop on this approach. I'm really interested in Runar's session, so I hope there are is a mix of time slots!

    2 · March 8, 2012

  • Rúnar B.

    I could lead a session on pure functional programming if there's interest. For people who have questions like "how do I do X in a more functional way?" or who want to understand some specific FP concept like iteratees, continuations, zippers, state monads, etc. Could break out into a deep dive where we write a useful library (like a JSON parser or an iteratee-based web server).

    4 · March 8, 2012

  • James M.

    Anyone coming who can talk about Scala + GWT?

    March 6, 2012

  • Alexandre B.

    It looks like we'll have some high profiles from the community who can cover Scala-the-language, SBT, Play 2, Akka 2, interaction with MongoDB, Scalatest... I would love to see these guys coding a Web app from scratch in front of the crowd, CodingDojo-style. The big room would be great for that.

    3 · March 5, 2012

  • Shyam S.

    +1 for Akka / Akka STM.

    March 4, 2012

  • Nikolai A.

    Would anyone be able to do a deep dive on Akka STM?

    1 · March 4, 2012

  • Brian T.

    Jorge, I love your idea! Thanks. My eventual goal is to create some static analysis tools like CheckStyle or McCabe Complexity. Notwithstanding the open question of how to apply the concept of complexity to FP, it seems that the compiler syntac tree is the place to start. Excellent!

    1 · March 4, 2012

  • Yevgeniy M.

    +1 to Scala on Android

    March 4, 2012

  • Anand A.

    I would like to see what Play offers for Security. Authentication, authorization, OpenID, SSO and SAML etc. Some insight into those aspects particularly Play 2.0 will be great. Thank you.

    March 4, 2012

  • Anand A.

    If I want to develop Rich Internet Applications, We want to be productive developing RIA. What is the best and most tested environment with Scala. JSF has component libraries like Richfaces, Primefaces and ICEFaces. Do we have any thing comparable in scala? In general I would like to see some productivity aspects that we can leverage for an enterprise environment. Be it UI or generating PDF reports. Thank you.

    March 4, 2012

  • Anand A.

    I am new Scala. This topic might have been covered below. But there are many new folks coming to this conference. So I am requesting covering some topics on using Scala on some popular JEE 6 based frameworks. Particularly I am interested Scala with Seam and Spring.

    March 4, 2012

  • Jorge O.

    Brian: Unless someone more qualified volunteers, I'd be happy to lead a session on writing Scala compiler plugins. We've written a few simple ones at foursquare. We could go through re-creating them.

    1 · March 3, 2012

  • Chris L.

    Probably more of an informal chat over beer and laptops, but I'd like to talk with some of the scalac developers or people who regularly build scalac from source. I've been poking into the compiler and I'd love to get some insights from others.

    March 3, 2012

  • Brian T.

    Its not quite do nothing now...for now we lobby for our desired presentations...hoping to attract attendees, or in my case hoping someone will step up and teach us how to write Scala compiler plugins.

    If no one steps up I'll try to lead it...probably by borrowing Dick Wall's SubCut plugin which is open source. Using that as scaffolding perhaps we can get HelloScalaCompilerPlugin working and go from there.

    I'd also like to have a discussion about measuring complexity of functional programs

    March 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a plan. If I understand things correctly I don't do anything now and try to schedule the time/room on Saturday morning.
    Since this is a workshop it will be all how-to. I'll cover (1) how to get hello world running in Scala/Android, using Maven, (2) workarounds for the handful of Scala/Android hiccups, (3) some pretty Scala/Android idioms, (4) some further resources for using Scala on Android

    March 3, 2012

  • Steve R.

    Add me to the 'Scala + Android' is a great idea.

    March 3, 2012

  • Nathan H.

    @Yuvi We're doing unconference scheduling 9-10 Saturday morning. Definitely, there is space and interest for you to give an Android workshop.

    March 3, 2012

  • David W.

    I'd like to see scala + android, too

    March 3, 2012

  • Zach C.

    I think Scala + Android is a great idea - I would definitely attend.

    March 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone else want a Scala + Android session? Are proposals even open? I could give one.

    March 3, 2012

  • Bill V.

    I would like to hold a ScalaTest 1.8/2.0 Design Review workshop. I think I'll not release 1.8.RC1 until right after nescala, so I can get a chance for feedback from live humans beforehand. And a large amount of the 2.0 work is done already as well, so I can walk through that. 1.8 has a bunch of new gizmos for concurrent and asynchronous testing, as well as 2 new "path" style traits. 2.0 has lots of enhancements for tools integration and several other cool things. I've value feedback.

    February 29, 2012

  • James M.

    I'd like to see a Scala + Android session

    1 · February 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mathias,
    I also would like to understand the differences between using spray and REST via Play (play-mini).
    Cheers
    Heiko

    February 23, 2012

  • Mathias

    Guys,
    as a member of the spray team I'd be happy to host a workshop on REST/HTTP stuff with spray and akka. Let me know what exactly you'd like to see... (as Jason already did)

    February 23, 2012

  • Jason

    Awesome, look forward to it!

    February 23, 2012

  • Jason

    I would like to try coding using the Spray REST client, spray-can: https://github.com/spray/spray-c...­ or spray client: https://github.com/spray/spray/w...­. I'm new to Scala but would like to try to use Intellij + Maven + github + ScalaTest to harness and run the code. And I use the firefox RESTClient add-on for manual testing: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US...­. Once we get a simple request-response going we can scale up concurrent requests.

    February 23, 2012

  • Brian T.

    I'd love to see a workshop on Scala compiler plugins and how to access the syntax tree of a source program (I'd like to write a complexity scanner ala Maccabe for Java programs) I'm not equipped to give this but would attend :-)

    February 12, 2012

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