High Wizardry in the Land of Scala

Moderated by:
Daniel Spiewak (Novell)
Location: F 151
Tags: scala
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)

Scala is an intensely powerful language. One of the most obvious ways in which
this manifests is the syntax, which is wonderfully amenable to internal DSLs
and flexible APIs (not to mention endless reams of obfuscated sources and fanciful
operators). However, despite the superficial flash of Scala’s syntactic skin,
its true power lies in the type system and in the language’s deep semantic constructs.

This talk will dive into some of the more remote regions of the kingdom of Scala.
Specifically, we will cover the following topics:

  • Higher-Kinds (what they are and how they can be applied)
  • Type-Level Encodings (really exploiting Scala’s type system)
  • Typeclasses (just like Haskell…except not)
  • Delimited Continuations (and you thought kinds were confusing!)

Please note that this is an advanced talk targeted at the Scala practitioner who
is already fairly comfortable with the language. With that said, we hope the
talk will remain reasonably accessible to the Scala beginner – so long as they
don’t object to the presentation of odd and esoteric language features with
disturbing enthusiasm.

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Daniel Spiewak


Daniel Spiewak is a software developer based out of Wisconsin, USA. Over the years, he has worked with Java, Scala, Ruby, C/C++, ML, Clojure and several experimental languages. He currently spends most of his free time researching parser theory and methodologies, particularly areas where the field intersects with functional language design, domain-specific languages and type theory.

Daniel has written a number of articles on his weblog, Code Commit, including his popular introductory series, Scala for Java Refugees.

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