Presentation: Scala in the enterprise

This talk will cover the experience of adopting Scala in the digital enterprise. It will provide technical and development advice to agile teams new to implementing Scala. Learning a new programming language is tough, even if you think that it has similarity to your current day-to-day language and shares the many of the same advantages of it.

Just like Java, Scala is statically typed and compiles to byte codes, it runs on the Java Virtual Machine. Yet Scala has different style, syntax and raison d’etre to Java. Scala enjoys are richer and stronger type system with a powerful inference and implicits engine. In this presentation, we will look at interesting object oriented design patterns and compare them functional equivalents. We will posit the question, why should the modern digital engineer look towards a new language?

Scala has had its fair of criticism and detractors and some of this statements about complexity are valid, but just like a magnetic compass it points the way north to innovation and an attempt to try something different. This presentation will guide through the best practice of introducing this marriage of philosophies. In fact, alternative JVM languages such as Scala and more importantly Groovy forced the Java language architects to eventually add Lambdas to the mother language of Java. We will understand how digital engineers can make the best use of Scala and we will provide some pointed comparisons to the latest features of Java SE 8.

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Wednesday, 4 March

  • Architecture Improvements

    Next gen architecture, Arch over the full lifecycle, Bleeding edge tech in legacy, Cognitive biases in architecture, Evolving Architecture.

  • Big Data Frameworks, Architectures, and Data Science

    As big data tools and architectures continue to evolve, how do you architect and select technologies that work now but are also future-proof?

  • DevOps and Continuous Delivery: Code Beyond the Dev Team

    As infrastructure becomes as malleable as code, a unified approach from reqs to ops is needed to deliver promised breakthroughs.

  • Engineering Culture

    The best teams and companies talk about how to create amazing engineering cultures.

  • Java - Not Dead Yet

    Java is evolving to meet developer and business needs, from lambdas in Java 8 to built-in support for money types rumoured for Java 9.

  • Mind Matters at Work

    How theories from neuroscience and psychology can help us better understand IT professionals and discover what really motivates them.

Thursday, 5 March

  • Docker, containers and application portability

    People building stuff for and with containers showing why application portability is important, and what can be done with expanding ecosystems.

  • Evolving agile

    Reflecting on and learning from successes and failures in applying agile approaches since the creation of the Agile Manifesto and exploring ways of applying agile practices to increase business value.

  • HTML and JS Today

    The state of the art in web technologies. What is important to know and why?

  • Internet of Things

    What software devs need to know to design and build for instrumented environments and reactive things, what new issues and questions it raises.

  • Modern CS in the Real World

    How modern CS helps you tackle today's problems.

  • Reactive Architecture

    How to create reactive systems is more than simply learning a framework. Thinking in a reactive way helps you to design responsive architectures.

  • The Go Language

    The Go Language - Concurrency, Performance, Systems Programming.

Friday, 6 March

  • Architectures You've Always Wondered About

    Get a rare look behind the scenes and get to see the architectures of the most well-known sites with the least known architectures.

  • Low latency trading

    The 'race to zero' continues. Join us to learn about the latest tecniques being deployed to optimise order routing and execution.

  • Open source in finance

    Financial services have changed from OS as cost-saving to a competitive weapon. See open source projects that are disrupting the finance industry.

  • Product Mastery

    Come have fun with fellow PMs and BAs as you learn about Value Management. We'll even tell you dark tales of Snarks, Hippos and other obstacles.

  • Taming Microservices

    Tackling the challenges of microservices in practice.

  • Taming Mobile

    Mobile is no longer the Next Big Thing but a requirement for your business. Hear from those who have implemented successful mobile systems.

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