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David Vydra

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Scala steadily marches towards world domination! (View in Weblogs)
Posted: Jun 11, 2008 11:33 AM
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Summary
Report from the Bay Area Scala Enthusiasts meeting.
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Yesterday I attended a meeting of Bay Area Scala Enthusiasts - http://svscala.ning.com . It was great fun. We started with a demo of a Web App in Scala built with Maven and run with JavaRebel technology - http://www.zeroturnaround.com/javarebel - that automatically reloads most changes to the class files after each compilation. You end up with the same development experience as with any scripting language. Did I mention that Scala is a static language that is 100% JVM compatible and has a much cleaner syntax than Java?

The only disappointment was the Eclipse plugin for Scala. It is very rough, but I am still betting that it will beat both Python and Ruby plugins eventually in such areas as code completion, navigation, and refactoring.

All this gloating is tongue-in-cheek of course. I have the greatest respect for Python and Ruby developers, but at the meeting I met several kindred souls that have come to Scala after long stints with dynamic languages.

Let diversity thrive!

Peace,

David


Jörn Zaefferer

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Registered: Jul, 2007

Re: Scala steadily marches towards world domination! Posted: Jun 11, 2008 4:42 PM
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Currently the tooling support is the primary showstopper for me. Its nice to talk about how a developer shouldn't depend on any tools, but I find that highly unrelistic. Tools like Maven and IDEs make me a ton more productive - its great to be able to use Maven for Scala projects, we just need to a good editor.

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