Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Northeast Scala Symposium

Hello everybody,

The Boston, Philadelphia, and New York Scala user groups have combined to
organize the first ever Northeast Scala Symposium. This event will be held at
the Meetup headquarters in New York, on February 18th, 2011.

We've got lots of great speakers within our groups. At the Symposium, we'll get
to share them among the groups and get to know Scala enthusiasts (and
employers) across the region.

Your registration fee of $50 covers the headline speaker's travel offset, and
food and beverages for the event. To RSVP, please visit

The organizers of this event are:

- Nathan Hamblen, New York Scala Enthusiasts (

- Nermin Serifovic, Boston Area Scala Enthusiasts (

- Brian Clapper, Philly Area Scala Enthusiasts (

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

ANN: PDXScala Meeting, Thusday, 4/15, 7PM

Come join other Portland, Oregon, Scala enthusiasts at our new location graciously hosted by Jive Software. Anything Scala related is open for discussion. We'll have Jesse Hallett discussing how he put together a lambda calculus to learn about Scala's parsing libraries. Leif Warner will also be showing an application he's been developing which uses the Step web framework (a workalike of the the Sinatra framework in Ruby). This app uses Simple Build Tool, RDF/OWL, graphs and federated queues and is intended to provide an "open source community family tree" of the local Portland-area music scene.

If you have a project or some code you'd like to share (for review or just to look at how you solved an interesting problem) please bring it along. Pizza will be provided by Jive.

More info, including directions, is available on Calagator.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Scalaz Introductory Talks

Nick Partridge (@nkpart) recently gave a series of talks to the Brisbane Functional Programming Group (BFG) and the Melbourne Scala Users Group. These talks introduce Scalaz (scahla-zed) by way of deriving its foundation from common problems found in everyday programming. They also highlight the implicit parameter as typeclass pattern used heavily in Scalaz.

The talks are available here: Scala Implicits (BFG, 16/03/2010), Deriving Scalaz (Melb. Scala, 22/03/2010).

Full source code is available here:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March 23rd @ 6:30 NYSE: Web Development in the Scala World outside of Lift with Peter Hausel

In December, harryh from Foursquare presented the Lift Framework, the most well known and highly used Scala based web framework. Lift is great, but if you're like me then you like a healthy dose of competition. So where are the other Scala based web frameworks? Peter Hausel (@pk11) knows!

Peter will talk about:

The work he's been doing to integrate Scala into The Play Framework - which if you ask me (Dustin), is the best thing to come to Java web development since Grails.

And his very own Pinky, a REST/MVC glue web framework built on top of Guice and Guice Servlet 2.0, which boasts:

* Out of the box support for REST via managed servlets
* No learning curve (we are dealing with plain old servlets/filters after all)
* akka integration
* comet integration
* Easy access to Request/Response objects
* and a ton of other features!

Again, there will be pizza and beer! Details at our site

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ANN: PDXScala Meeting, Thursday, Dec 17th

We'll be hosting the next meeting of PDXScala (the Portland, Oregon Scala users group) this Thursday, Dec 17th, at AboutUs. We will be starting at 7PM and will be featuring a talk by Trenton Lipscomb on mutable and immutable data structures in Scala.

For those of you who are not familiar with the AboutUs offices, they are located at 107 SE Washington St., Suite 520. You can find the map on Calagator:

Building access can be a bit tricky, but if you get there and the door or elevator is locked, you can either call the main AboutUs number (503.914.032) or my mobile number (971.322.9408) and someone will let you in.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scala Enthusiasts Dublin (Ireland)

A Scala Dublin Enthusiasts group has just been started. Eager to hear from anyone interested in signing up! ...Even if just an excuse to go to the pub... I mean "network".. :-|

New Google Group link here

Blog here

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Melbourne Scala User Group and the Scandal of the Disappearing Pint

Using his most remarkable powers of deduction, my good friend Holmes had ascertained the precise time and location where the Melbourne Scala User Group was to have its final assemblage for the year. At six-thirty precisely, on Monday the twenty-third of November, we were to present ourselves at the establishment where the various miscreants and cohorts were due to confabulate.

"I quite expect," said he, "that there will be much discourse, jocularity and consumption of beverages. But we must not let down our guards for one instant! Who knows when we might be engaged in the topic of internal DSLs, tail recursion or our plans for Christmas".

"Do you think we'll enjoy ourselves?" I queried.

"Quite so. In fact, I'll wager you half a guinea that we do. It is elementary".

The story continues at...

Melbourne Scala User Group's end of year social pub night.
6:30pm, Monday 23 November
415 Collins Street, Melbourne [map]