Silicon Valley Code Camp : Nov 8th and 9th, 2008

Bill Venners

About Bill
Bill Venners is president of Artima, Inc., publisher of Artima Developer ( He is author of the book, Inside the Java Virtual Machine, a programmer-oriented survey of the Java platform's architecture and internals. His popular columns in JavaWorld magazine covered Java internals, object-oriented design, and Jini. Active in the Jini Community since its inception, Bill led the Jini Community's ServiceUI project, whose ServiceUI API became the de facto standard way to associate user interfaces to Jini services. Bill is also the lead developer and designer of ScalaTest, an open source testing tool for Scala and Java developers, and coauthor with Martin Odersky and Lex Spoon of the book, Programming in Scala.
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Speaking Sessions

  • Introducing the Scala Programming Language

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    Scala fuses object-oriented and functional programming concepts into an elegant, statically typed programming language for the Java Platform. The name Scala stands for "SCAlable LAnguage." It is scalable in the sense that it is designed to be useful in a wide range of tasks, scaling up to very large programs written by many people and down to short scripts written by individuals. The conciseness and expressiveness of Scala gives it the feel of dynamic languages such as Python or Ruby, but Scala also provides a rich static type system that can help programmers prevent errors. In this talk, Bill Venners will give an introduction and overview of the Scala programming language.

  • The Feel of Scala

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    Scala is a new language for the Java Platform that blends object-oriented and functional programming concepts. This talk will focus on the design choices of Scala, and what they mean for developer productivity. The talk will highlight what it means to program in a functional style, and show you how Scala facilitates a hybrid of functional and imperative programming styles. The talk will also explore how Scala compares to dynamic languages such as Ruby and Python. And you'll see examples of real, production Scala code that will illustrate what it feels like to program in Scala.