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Dissecting Developer Productivity
Scala steadily marches towards world domination!
by David Vydra
June 11, 2008
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

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David Vydra specializes in test-driven development, continuous integration, QA automation, and QA/developer collaboration. He has used Agile methods since 1998 and runs the testdriven.com on-line community.

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