Scala is a statically typed, fully OO, hybrid functional language that provides highly expressive syntax on the JVM. It is great for pattern matching, concurrency, and simply writing concise code for everyday tasks. If you are a Java programmer intrigued by this language and are interested in exploring further, this section is for you. We will go through a rapid overview of the language, look at its key strengths and capabilities, and see how you can use this language for your day-to-day programming. This session will be coding intensive, so be ready for some serious Scala syntax and idioms.

About the Speaker
Dr. Venkat Subramaniam

Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., and an adjunct faculty at the University of Houston. He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects.

Venkat is the author of “.NET Gotchas,” the coauthor of 2007 Jolt Productivity Award winning “Practices of an Agile Developer,” the author of “Programming Groovy: Dynamic Productivity for the Java Developer” and “Programming Scala: Tackle Multi-Core Complexity on the Java Virtual Machine” (Pragmatic Bookshelf). His latest book is “Programming Concurrency on the JVM: Mastering synchronization, STM, and Actors.

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