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David Pollak

 David  Pollak

David Pollak has been writing commercial software since 1977. He wrote the first real-time spreadsheet and the worlds highest performance spreadsheet engine. Since 1996, David has been using and devising web development tools. As CTO of CMP Media, David oversaw the first large-scale deployment of WebLogic. David was CTO and VPE at Cenzic, a web application security company. David has also developed numerous commercial projects in Ruby on Rails.

In 2007, David founded the Lift Web Framework open source project. Lift is an expressive and elegant framework for writing web applications. Lift stresses the importance of security, maintainability, scalability and performance, while allowing for high levels of developer productivity. Lift open source software licensed under an Apache 2.0 license.

David is a consultant in San Francisco and works on Lift-based projects including Buy a Feature and ESME.

Presentation: "Scala and Lift"

Time: Wednesday 10:45 - 11:45

Location: Fleet Room

Abstract: Sadek Drobi interviewing David Pollak

Presentation: "Lift web framework"

Time: Thursday 13:00 - 14:00

Location: Abbey Room


Scala is a hybrid Object Oriented and Functional language that runs at native speeds on the JVM and fully interoperates with Java code. Lift is a hybrid web framework built on Scala.

Lift derives its features and idioms from the best of existing web frameworks as well as the functional and OO features in Scala.

Lift's URL dispatching and many other features are based on Scala pattern matching and functional composition. Lift's O-R mapper supports type-safe query building via Scala's type system. Lift abstracts away the HTTP request/response cycle by associating functions with HTML page elements.

Please join David as he discusses how Scala's features drive Lift's features.