Scala for the Intrigued

  • May 14, 2013 · 5:30 PM

*Please take note of the important check-in details at Yelp*

So we've talked about Scala before (Jan '09 and Feb '12), but since the language never ceases to amaze me, I thought we should revisit it again, this time with Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, the author of "Programming Scala: Tackle Multi-Core Complexity on the Java Virtual Machine" (among other titles).

Scala is a statically typed, fully OO, hybrid functional language that provides highly expressive syntax on the JVM. It is great for pattern matching, concurrency, and simply writing concise code for everyday tasks. If you're a Java programmer intrigued by this language and are interested in exploring further, this talk is for you.

We will go through a rapid overview of the language, look at its key strengths and capabilities, and see how you can use this language for your day-to-day programming. This session will be coding intensive, so be ready for some serious Scala syntax and idioms.

The venue, food, drinks, and giveaways will be provided by our sponsors.

About Dr. Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks frequently at international conferences and user groups. Venkat is also an adjunct faculty and teaches CS courses remotely at the University of Houston. He is author of ".NET Gotchas," coauthor of 2007 Jolt Productivity Award winning "Practices of an Agile Developer," author of "Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer" and "Programming Scala: Tackle Multi-Core Complexity on the Java Virtual Machine" (Pragmatic Bookshelf).



  • Doors will open at 5:30pm to allow enough time for the check-in process.
  • Please update your meeting handle to reflect your FIRST NAME AND LAST NAME. Security will be checking IDs at the door. *Please note: You WILL NOT be allowed into the event unless we have your first and last name (that matches the name on your ID) prior to the event.
  • Beer and wine will be served at this event, so please keep in mind only folks 21 and over are allowed into the event. (Another reason for the ID check)
  • Guestlist will be closing at 11:45AM the day of the event (Tuesday - May 14).
  • If you will be coming with a guest, please provide us with their first and last name as well.
  • Waiting list folks will be allowed into the event AFTER we get through all the confirmed attendees.
  • Yelp is generously providing pizza, drinks, and beer on top of the venue space, so please be respectful of the attached event terms/guidelines: YELP EVENT GUIDELINES.
  • If you have RSVP'd but find you can no longer attend, please update your status to allow room for those on the waiting list.



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  • Anthony Ikeda

    Any word on when the video of the presentation will be available?

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Max Walker

    Hi guys, the video from this meetup is now online!­

    June 13, 2013

  • Konstantin Zheludkov

    Nice presentation for misleading of major advances of scala! I know his wife now but I don't know what she is stands for. lol:) Too much worlds with very limited output. I would scala(scale) that presentation for 10 to 4. I am kidding.

    May 15, 2013

  • Fuad Malikov

    Exceptional presenter, very good content. Loved it!

    May 15, 2013

  • Ko-Chih Wu

    Venkat's talk is always interesting and inspiring! And the beer was great

    May 15, 2013

    • Ian Crosby

      I believe there were two, Franziskaner (white) and Tricerahops (Double IPA). Agreed, very tasty.

      1 · May 15, 2013

    • Brian O'Shea

      Yes, Tricerahops is brewed by Ninkasi, in Eugene, Oregon.

      May 15, 2013

  • Roberto Burgos

    Pardon my language, but that was one hell of a presentation.

    May 15, 2013

  • Ron Courtright

    Well done. As a complete neophyte I found the presentation to be fulfilling.

    May 15, 2013

  • Anthony Ikeda

    Also what was the editor Venkat was using?

    May 15, 2013

  • Anthony Ikeda

    What is the ETA on the video of the presentation?

    May 15, 2013

  • Anthony Ikeda

    Fantastic presentation, very engaged and well structured. We need more like this.

    May 15, 2013

  • Joe Amoros

    Great event! Awesome speaker, good people, all around good times.

    May 15, 2013

  • Brian O'Shea

    Well presented with lots of interesting and useful information. The venue was just the right size, and the food and drinks were great.

    May 14, 2013

  • Marcio DaSilva

    Awesome presentation! Very funny!

    May 14, 2013

  • Jon A Savell

    right around the corner and i absolutely cannot attend. i do hope that this spot will go to someone on the wait-list.

    May 14, 2013

  • Jon A Savell

    i'm right around the corner and i absolutely cannot attend. i do hope this seat will go to someone else.

    May 14, 2013

  • Anthony Kilman

    Sorry. Last minute change, not able to make it today.

    May 14, 2013

  • Sonia Kaul

    Sorry, will not be able to make it. My slot is open. Will look forward for the recording.

    May 14, 2013

  • Suyash Joshi

    Can't make it so opening my spot. I'm sure Marakana will tape it, please post a link here of the recording as it becomes available so we all can get a notification.

    May 14, 2013

  • howard dyckoff

    Running a little late and have later conflicting meeting. pls let us know where the slides will be and/or video.

    May 14, 2013

  • Katherine Moloney

    Unfortunately, can't go tonight. Looking forward to the video (thank you for consistently recording every talk...what a great archive).

    May 14, 2013

  • Patrick Sauts

    We started using scala three weeks ago the meetup is perfect for us

    May 14, 2013

  • Petr Votava

    Its seems that work does too often get in a way. Have fun!

    May 14, 2013

  • Rick L

    When I click on the map link above, Google Maps instead suggests 706 El Camino Real at the intersection of Turk and VanNess/ElCamino.
    I believe 706 Mission is actually at the intersection of Mission and 3rd.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • David Kaye

    vacating a spot - can't make it - "do a good show" - "take copious notes"

    May 13, 2013

  • Vishvesh Deshmukh

    Will this talk be streamed / recorded?

    April 8, 2013

    • Max Walker

      We'll be recording it, and will post it after the event.

      May 13, 2013

  • Wenjie Zhang

    would like to join

    May 10, 2013

  • Jason Swartz

    Looking forward to it

    May 6, 2013

  • Dereck Miske

    Looking forward to seeing you all

    April 30, 2013

  • Dave Taubler

    Definitely looking forward to this

    April 24, 2013

  • howarddy

    I should already be a member.

    April 24, 2013

  • Ron Courtright

    Yes, I am intrigued.

    April 24, 2013

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