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SF Scala September 2014 Newsletter: Meetups, Training, More

From: Alexy K.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:50 PM

Greetings pragmatic functional programmers — hope everyone had a great summer.  Fall is always full of energy, we come back recharged and go back to our startups, enterprises, renew our never-ending self-improvement drive and dive into learning again.  With the spectacular growth SF Scala experienced in the last few months, it's time to send out a regular newsletter on how we do all of it at SF Scala.

In August, we’d run the second annual SF Scala developer conference, from now on called Scala By the Bay (  It was a huge success, with a fantastic set of keynotes, all-technical talks, sponsors implementing the Scala stack, professional training, and an amazing developer audience. The conference was at held at Fort Mason, by the bay, with Off the Grid festival, vigorous Scala walks, awesome food, wine, ice cream, and more.  Our feedback review shows it was a huge success, bringing the Bay Area Scala community together.  The planning has already begun for the next year Scala By the Bay conference — if you enjoyed it and want to help us next year, please email to [address removed].

All talks from Scala By the Bay 2014 were recorded, are now processed, and will be published on Functional.TV in a few days.

We have two great meetups this month, at two new venues.  On 9/10 (tomorrow!) our friends from Chartboost are hosting Jonas Bonér, the CTO of Typesafe and creator of Akka, for a deep dive on Akka Cluster.  Since it it’s in synergy with the SF Scala tradition to do deep dives on a topic with several talks, we’re also presenting a use case for Akka driving R, enabling distributed computation, with Marek Kolodziej.

September 10 -- Akka Cluster and Akka driving R

As I (Alexy) am teaching an online communities analysis course at Berkeley this semester, I won’t make the meetup tomorrow, but it will be recorded and published promptly.

By popular demand, we’re running a meetup version of Greg Soltis’s Scala By the Bay talk on Designing Highly Concurrent, Multi-Protocol, Multi-Tenant Services in Scala.  This talk won the conference CFP voting, opened the conference, and now will be hosted at Firebase, Greg’s own home base.  This is our first meetup at Firebase and we’re excited to learn more about the company and its technology!  The second talk, presented at ScalaDays in Berlin this year, is on The framework-less Scala Dependency Injection framework by Adam Warski, one of the awesome EuroFPean Scala startup founders, visiting the Bay Area.

September 23 -- High Performance Services and Framework-less Dependency Injection

By the Bay, the company which runs the Scala By the Bay conference, also introduced professional training this year.  The first two courses, Typesafe-certified Fast Track to Scala and Databricks-certified Spark training, were held in conjunction with the conference.  There are two more workshops coming up, one in September and one in October.

On September 25-26, we team up with Adam Gibson, the creator of, to teach the first ever Distributed Deep Learning with Scala workshop.  Deep Learning is a branch of Machine Learning enabling break-through advances in the areas such as image recognition and natural language processing.  It is a renaissance of neural networks, made possible by the vast quantities of data to train them, so that they match human performance on a variety of tasks.  Deep Learning is causing a lot of interest across a variety startups understanding domains backed by "big" data, as it’s one of the “easiest” ways to make sense out of data — once you put the algorithms and systems in place making it possible.  It turns out that in order to take advantage of the “big” data available, you need to scale out properly — and this is where Scala, Akka, and Spark shine.  We’ll present a distributed system approach which makes you, armed with Scala stack, a rival of Google.  As we’re offering this course for the first time, we’re keeping the early bird pricing longer for this workshop.  Seating is very limited (under 10 seats remaining overall!) as we’ll work collaboratively.  Please sign up at

We’re also offering the Typesafe-certified course, Fast Track to Scala.  Having set up and run the first By the Bay iteration together with Brendan McAdams, I will now teach the course myself, with awesome TAs from SF Scala.  You can sign up for the course at

Seating is limited to 12 attendees and we offer early bird pricing as well.  By the Bay also does Scala training on site — contact [address removed] to ramp up your whole company quickly.

If you have talk ideas for SF Scala, and/or would like to host a meetup, please email the organizers from the meetup home page.

Since we’re recording every meetup and publish it on Functional.TV free of charge.  We’re looking for a long-term video sponsor for the meetup to keep the series going.  Please email me at [address removed] if your company would like to sponsor the recordings — we’ll include your logo in each recording and will also list you among the SF Scala sponsors on the meetup front page, among other advantages.

Finally, I continue to bring together senior engineers and technically excellent management from the best Scala-based companies which I interview in person.  It’s a low volume service which gives me a chance to meet great founders and engineers and help them meet each other.  Imagine what the world would look like if recruiters would actually understand what they are talking about, the people they are dealing with, and not email you first?  The “manifesto” is described at

It’s great to have y’all back, let’s put Scala to work and enjoy building the best companies of our lives with it!


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