A great reception...
... with great talks ...
Akka presentation was somehow special. Jonas Boner and the Akka team did an amazing work in no more than a year, from “just an other actor implementation” to a full feature actor framework à la Erlang OTP, with actor supervision and management, persistent data structures, distribution, Software Transactional Memory (STM) integration, and all of that under the common umbrella of actor paradigm.
... and a bright future in sight for Scala
The most "symptomatic" announcement of that evolution of the language organization from the research sphere to a broader audience is the announcement that a Scala Foundation will be created to manage it.
So, that was a really wonderful event, and long life to Scala !
15 morning - opening talk
Scala Parallel collections by Aleksander Prokopec
Presentation of parallel collections arriving in Scala 2.8.1... It seems that it will be really great stuff, with good integration in existing collection API.
15, afternoon, part 1
15, afternoon, part 2
Great presentation by Josh, with a lot of “déjà vu” feeling for me – most of the problem he talk about and the solution he found was alike whose I encountered when I did my monadic resource management of LDAP connections.
The next day seems to have again raise the level of the event. For me, it was a fabulous set of presentations. All were really top level one, and all subjects were great - well, or at least, I was the perfect target for them :)
A really interesting keynote by Kunle Olukotun, the man behind the heavily-multi-core Niagara processor. He shows how to deeply embed polymorphic DSL in Scala, and it was kind of amazing. The Parallel and concurrent future seems to be bright in Scala world.
Scala @ Linkedin : distributed computed with Norbert by Chris Conrad
16, afternoon, part 2
Their was no presentation in the last afternoon, but a workshop in which attendees were able to summarize their thought about Scala - what is missing, what has to be done, etc. Unfortunately, I had to leave before than the restitution was done, and missed it. So, for that, I'm like all of you: waiting for blog/video to know what happened !
And that's all, until next year (in U.S ?) !