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Episode 7

Michael Shaw The good, the bad and the ugly of Play Framework 2

Tony Sloane sbt-rats: fast packrat parsers, abstract syntax tree generation and pretty-printer generation

Brian McKenna So long and thanks for all the fish (Sydney, not Scala).

As usual, pizzas @ 6.30 talks after that!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Three excellent presentations.

    As a Rails dev, I was especially appreciative of Michael Shaw's talk on Play and his comparisons with other frameworks.

    Tony Sloane's talk on parsing with sbt-rats probably garnered the most interest on the night given the amount of discussion that ensued. Brought back some good old computer science memories.

    And Brian McKenna did an awesome job (especially given the number of Scala noobs like myself present) explaining how to solve some pitfalls (e.g. avoid getting trapped) when working with monads. Another push for me to figure out what a monad is ;)

    August 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    As a first-time attendee and relative Scala newbie a lot of the meeting went over my head. Still: Michael Shaw's overview of several web frameworks was excellent, focussing on both technical and social/usability issues. Tony Sloane's talk on sbt-rats whetted my long-dormant interest in parser generators. Brian McKenna's talk on Monad stacks has put me several steps closer to understanding what monads are used for, even if I still can't define a monad :-). I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

    August 9, 2012

  • Jonathan E.

    Great speakers and the topics were well covered. Perhaps a little daunting for the Scala neophyte but that's to be expected. I can't say that I learned a lot but I was given considerable impetus to look into at least the basics of what was covered.

    A more able Scala aficionado should be able to find an extra star but I'm hoping for at least a couple of less challenging talks in future meetups.

    August 9, 2012

  • Eric T.

    Great turnout, and very good presentations, happy birthday ScalaSyd!

    August 9, 2012

  • Jed W.

    Great talks, great turnout.

    August 9, 2012

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