In Scalac we believe that communication is essential in IT and that projects with inefficient information sharing are doomed to fail. Fortunately for us it doesn’t always mean that putting people in one place is the only way. More often it’s about creating the right spirit for exchanging knowledge and providing ways to do so.
As in Scalac we are very often working remotely, we had to come up with a tool to help us communicate. We tried few different products for communication, but in the end we switched to Slack. We are using it for around a year now and are pleased with the rich experience it offers. Read more
What is STM?
Wikipedia defines it as follows: software transactional memory (STM) is a concurrency control mechanism analogous to database transactions for controlling access to shared memory in concurrent computing. It is an alternative to lock-based synchronization. Hmmm… but what does it mean in practice? Read more
Scala end to end
In Scalac we believe that Scala is a great general purpose language, that helps you to build high quality software quickly. And although Scala shines in the backend, it’s use is not limited to server side programming. With these blog posts we would also like to convince all of you that it’s possible to build a full stack application using only Scala.
This, and the following blog posts from the series, are an experiment proving that the Scala ecosystem is mature enough to be the main driving force for building production ready apps. Although I would not recommend using Scala only for its hype, I want to show that it’s a viable alternative for both freelancers, startups and enterprises looking for a full stack technology. Read more
Null is evil
The concept of Null Reference is sometimes referred to as “The Billion Dollar Mistake”. Such pejorative description has been forged by Sir Anthony Hoare, (you can learn more here) probably most widely known for developing Quicksort, but ironically, also the man who first introduced nulls to ALGOL. But why is null A Bad Thing actually? Read more
Recently I was playing around with Rapture, an awesome utility library created by Jon Pretty. One thing that really stuck with me was the concept of modes. Modes are classes that allow us to modify the type returned by a given library call. You probably wonder how we can do that in Scala. I was curious too, so I dig a bit into the code and this is my answer. Read more
A lot of dynamic typed languages has function that catch all messages the target object doesn’t have. It gives these languages a lot of power to write DSL.
Scala 2.9 introduced an experimental option that enables this sort of dynamic handling of accesses to types in ways that would otherwise fail static type checking. It was refined and made non-experimental in 2.10, though it is still controlled through flag which is disabled by default. Read more
Scala is well known as a concise, readable programming language. One of the reasons is that many popular libraries offer their users DSLs to work with. These convenient APIs make creating programs simpler by saving our keystrokes and (most importantly) by improving readability. But it’s not always the case …
Sometimes we have to work with what we were given and sometimes it might be a verbose Java API. I will show you how you can make development easier by abstracting away rough edges of the underlying code. Read more