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Posted by Bill Venners, April 19, 2014,  Submit comment
Scala Puzzlers, by Andrew Phillips and Nermin Serifovic, is a collection of puzzles that provide an entertaining and instructive way to understand the Scala language better.
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by Ian Robertson, from Code by Any Other Name, September 27, 2013,  2 comments
A combination of bridge methods, covariant return types and dynamic dispatch can lead to some surprising and unfortunate results.
by Bill Venners, from Angle Brackets and Curly Braces, June 11, 2013,  Submit comment
The 2.0.M6 milestone release of ScalaTest is coming soon. It is a major release with many new features. In this post, I give a preview of the new features, and ask for feedback.
Posted by Bill Venners, June 10, 2013,  Submit comment
This new book explains the big ideas behind ScalaCheck, a property-based testing library for Scala, and shows how to use it effectively to write tests at the higher level of property specifications.
Posted by Bill Venners, June 6, 2013,  4 comments
Derek Wyatt's Akka Concurrency is in print and shipping! This book picks up where the Akka documentation leaves off, exploring the how and the why of Akka. It is an entertaining and insightful guide that will teach you how best to program with actors and futures.
by Kevlin Henney, from The Road to Code, June 6, 2013,  1 comment
Uncertainty is normally seen as something you must either suppress or avoid. Of this many people appear, well, certain. That you should embrace it and use it to help determine schedule and design is not immediately obvious.
by Bill Venners, from Scalazine, February 12, 2013,  6 comments
The compiletime project is an attempt to better understand the relationship between the use of Scala's features and compile time. This article gives a quick overview of what we've learned so far.
Posted by Bill Venners, October 15, 2012,  12 comments
Artima has release a PrePrint edition of Akka Concurrency, by Derek Wyatt. This book aims not only to teach you the ins and outs of Akka, but show you new ways to think about your software--to focus more on the business of your software and less on the concurrency of it.
Posted by Bill Venners, August 7, 2012,  2 comments
Artima has release a PrePrint edition of Monadic Design Patterns for the Web, by L. G. Meredith. This book aims to demystify the monad. Using web applications as an example, this book will show you how you can apply monadic design patterns to help you solve practical, real-world programming problems.
by James Ward and Ryan Knight, July 11, 2012,  1 comment
In this article you will learn how to get started building web applications with Play 2, Scala, Squeryl, JSON, CoffeeScript, and jQuery. You will also learn how to test the application with ScalaTest and then deploy the application on the cloud with Heroku.
by Arnel Pällo, July 5, 2012,  Submit comment
This article addresses the ways in which JRebel has made an impact on how developers spend their day coding.
by Kevlin Henney, from The Road to Code, March 16, 2012,  Submit comment
Abstraction is a question of less over more. But is it also a question of high over low? It turns out that the common way of describing abstractions in terms of high-level and low-level hides a number of assumptions, some of which suggest that we often look at abstraction the wrong way up (or down).
by Kevlin Henney, from The Road to Code, February 29, 2012,  6 comments
What can you learn from testing? When you look beyond the red and the green, the fail and the pass, you can learn a lot more about the nature of the code and the nature of the problem domain. And there is a lot to learn — software development is called knowledge work for a reason.
by Heinz Kabutz, from Doing Things with Java that Should Not Be Possible, February 20, 2012,  1 comment
What is the largest double that could in theory be produced by Math.random()? In this newsletter, we look at ways to calculate this based on the 48-bit random generator available in standard Java. We also prove why in a single-threaded program, (int)(Random.nextDouble() + 1) can never be rounded up to 2.
by Bruce Eckel, from Computing Thoughts, February 20, 2012,  15 comments
I'm not talking about the early adopters writing obscure code here -- that can probably be solved with a suitable style guide. I just debugged my way through an example that should have been trivial but I only figured out because:
by Bruce Eckel, from Computing Thoughts, January 8, 2012,  8 comments
In order for HTML5 to become the true user interface technology of the future, servers must be able to transparently push data to clients. People have been trying to do this for a long time, and WebSockets look like they will solve the problem once and for all.
by Heinz Kabutz, from Doing Things with Java that Should Not Be Possible, December 23, 2011,  57 comments
A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a little quiz to my readers of The Java Specialists' Newsletter. No one managed to figure out what the code does without running it. Some managed to explain the result once they had run it. Perfect quiz for weeding out those job applicants you don't like. Especially in the banking industry. Enough hints :-)
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