Option[Scala]: Adding Scala to your company's software stack

Do you use Scala at your job, or wish you could?

February's ny-scala meetup will feature a panel on professional Scala development in New York. We've got panelists from companies that that have transitioned parts of their software stack to Scala, as well as those lucky jerks who started with Scala as their primary language.

Topics will include:

  • Explaining the benefits of Scala to co-workers
  • Sensible forays into the language for all-Java codebases
  • Stumbling blocks in development and deployment
  • Scala's role in the future of the JVM platform

Questions will be gathered via web from the audience during the course of the panel, so attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop and help direct the discussion.

Esteemed Panelists

  • Andrew Warner, The Ladders
  • Blake Matheny, Tumblr
  • Dag Liodden, Tapad
  • Doug Tangren, Meetup
  • Jorge Ortiz, Foursquare

Moderated by your organizer, Nathan Hamblen.

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  • Viiveek S.

    I head this session was good. Wasn't able to get in since it was full. Any chance of seeing this again soon

    February 21, 2012

  • Nathan H.

    Also, the video of the panel is up: https://vimeo.com/36813452

    February 15, 2012

  • Nathan H.

    I'd say that internal software worked on by many people is necessarily more conservative than a classic open source project, where a few people craft the entire codebase around a particular vision. If such a project eventually "goes Apache", in the general sense of becoming the product of many more opinions, it can represent a popular consensus. I don't think we have any of those yet, but open source projects by Twitter and Foursquare would at least reflect their own in-house views.

    February 15, 2012

  • Eric P.

    A followup question for the panel and for the group. What Scala open-source projects would you recommend studying the code of? With the variety of Scala coding styles being used by different projects, and the preference for a practical approach endorsed my most of the panelists, are there any projects that you would single out that you could point your team to and say "that's good Scala code -- the kind we want to see on our projects"?

    February 14, 2012

  • Rajkumar V.

    I am attempting to introduce scala into our technology stack
    Hoping for a breakthrough by middle of this year

    February 14, 2012

  • Rose T.

    Very interesting to hear perspectives from so many different companies. Since this was such a popular topic, it might be nice to revisit this next year.

    February 14, 2012

  • Willie D.

    Q&A format was good, but would have been nice for each panelist to summarize their company's overall architecture and the role of Scala within it. Also, a microphone would have been helpful as the panelists often mumbled during their responses.

    February 14, 2012

  • Dave S.

    Very relevant to my company. Using the site to feed questions into the moderator worked very well.

    February 14, 2012

  • Nathan H.

    I appreciated the candid comments from the panelists. Scala is not the perfect language, it's just the best one for many applications.

    February 14, 2012

  • Nathan H.

    February 13, 2012

  • Dan B.

    Unfortunately, I had to wait until one hour before the event for a spot to open up and move me from the wait list. Since I'm living in Connecticut, I can't change my plans at the last minute to be able to make it in less than an hour. So I would really urge everyone to update their RSVP much earlier so that people really interested, such as myself, who are coming from some distance away can attend. Thanks.

    February 13, 2012

  • Andrew B.

    And maybe if we keep commenting here and filling up people's inboxes ;), some of those who don't plan to attend will have the courtesy to cancel their reservation, as there are still more than 40 of us on the waitlist.

    February 13, 2012

  • Nathan H.

    The host does have sort of crazy security, so I don't suggest crashing. However we were able to bump up the limit to 80 which has let in a good number of people off the waiting list (including Antony).

    February 13, 2012

  • Oleksii I.

    it's sad but that's true. if the host doesn't have crazy security I suggest to show up. I would set attendees limit to 150% of what host is able to handle

    February 13, 2012

  • Antony S.

    80% of event hosts say 47% of people who RSVP yes dont' show up. Any chance of pumping up the attendee count?

    1 · February 13, 2012

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