Introduction to Scala

By now it's been pounded into your head over and over, if you want more speed out of modern processors, you're going to have to adopt concurrency and parallelism (
even the suits are talking about it). The problem is, concurrency is
REALLY HARD in pretty much all of our most popular programming languages! So why not get an introduction to a new programming language that purports to make this problem manageable? Scala is a statically typed, Functional/OO hybrid language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (I realize that's a mouthful, but I promise you'll enjoy Scala and it'll make life easier!). We'll (
Nathan Hamblen and
Dustin Whitney) give an introduction to Scala's basic syntax, it's functional aspects, it's object oriented aspects, and we'll take a quick look at its actors library. We'll be sure to emphasize how Scala makes concurrency and parallelism easier by virtue of the fact that it makes A LOT of things easier. And... we'll have free beer, pizza, and at least two Scala books to give away!

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  • Bert P.

    These guys are great. They love to share their knowledge and are not afraid to say they when they don't know an answer. Really enjoyed attending.

    May 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Friendly and knowledgeable group of people. I'll look forward to future meetings.

    May 25, 2010

  • Yi W.

    live coding is cool

    May 24, 2010

  • Nathan H.

    Don't worry, there is no immediate action taken when you click that link. It just reveals controls to update your RSVP.

    May 24, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    My +1 is not coming, but I'm afraid to click "Change your mind about attending?" in case it turns both me and my +1 into a 'no.' Thoughts?

    May 24, 2010

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