Typesafe Stack 2.0: Scala, Akka, Play

by Bienvenido David on  Mar 15, 2012 9

Typesafe has released Typesafe Stack 2.0, an open source platform for building scalable applications in Java and Scala. The Typesafe Stack includes the Scala programming language, the Akka 2.0 event-driven middleware, the Play 2.0 web framework, and various development tools, that integrate seamlessly with existing Java environments.

Travis CI Announces Support for Java and Plans for Travis Pro

by Manuel Pais on  Feb 23, 2012 2

Travis CI, a cloud-based continuous integration (CI) offering for open source projects on Github, has announced support for Java builds, as well as Scala and Groovy additions. After gaining traction among the Ruby open source community the project is now looking into the possibility of expansion to a hosted CI service (nicknamed Travis Pro).

Effective Scala - Best Practices from Twitter

by Bienvenido David on  Feb 15, 2012 5

Twitter has open sourced its Effective Scala guide. The document is on GitHub and is licensed under CC-BY 3.0. Scala is one of the primary programming languages used at Twitter, and most of the Twitter infrastructure is written in Scala. The Effective Scala guide is a series of short essays, a set of "best practices" learned from using Scala inside Twitter.

Scala IDE 2.0 Adds Refactoring Support

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 11, 2012 4

Just before Christmas, version 2.0 of the Scala IDE was released. The Scala IDE project, started by Miles Sabin, and later joined by Typesafe to result in a production quality Scala development environment. InfoQ caught up with Typesafe's Iulian Dragos to ask what's new.

Keeping Scala Fresh(er)

by Alex Blewitt on  Dec 09, 2011 13

With Scala 2.10 on the horizon, and recent controversial opinions, what really is the story with Scala's backward compatibility, and how will it affect popular Scala libraries? If Josh Suereth is right, a reboot of the Scala Fresh project proposed by David Pollak last year.

Typesafe Stack Adopts Play Framework

by Rick Hightower on  Dec 08, 2011 3

Typesafe announced the Play framework will be included in the Typesafe Stack 2.0. The Play framework is a Rails/Grails like framework originally focused on Java not Scala. Now the Play framework 2.0 supports Scala and Java as first class citizen. InfoQ catches up with Donald Fischer, President and CEO of Typesafe, to get his thoughts on adding the Play framework to the Typesafe Stack.

Yammer Moving from Scala to Java

by Alex Blewitt on  Nov 30, 2011 24

Yammer is moving from Scala to Java, after finding in a year-long experiment that the benefits provided by writing in a terser language don't outweigh the benefits of the complexities in having to train new employees and debugging performance problems. The email also suggests a number of performance improvements that can be made by avoiding certain patterns.

Scala+GWT Brings Scala to the Browser, New Documentation Site and Scala Days 2012 Announced

by Mirko Stocker on  Nov 28, 2011 7

Scala+GWT makes it possible to run Scala in the browser, the latest release supports most of the language. The new Scala+GWT Eclipse plug-in uses GWT's development mode for faster turnaround. Also, the Scala team announced a new documentation website and the date for 2012's Scala Days conference.

Opinion: Is Scala the new EJB 2?

by Alex Blewitt on  Nov 22, 2011 51

Stephen Colebourne, developer of the Joda Time library and spec lead for the JSR date time improvements to the Java language, has posted a thought-provoking piece on the applicability of the Scala language. He compares it to EJB 2, which he said was the nadir of the Java EE specification as being something which "added more complexity without providing the expected gains."

Heroku gets Scala

by Rick Hightower on  Oct 03, 2011

It was announced today (October 3rd, 2011) at JavaOne that Heroku,'s recently acquired PaaS provider, is getting Scala support. Heroku is teaming up with Typesafe to add Scala support to the Heroku platform. Typesafe, "the Scala company", was co-founded by Scala creator Martin Odersky.

Cross-Compiling Scala for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 21, 2011

Scala, a popular language for the Java platform, is making inroads to .NET thanks to a project run by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and funded by Microsoft. The project heavily relies on Jeroen Frijters’ IKVM, which is a Java Virtual Machine that runs on the CLR (.NET and Mono).

Xtext 2.0 Released

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jun 22, 2011

Xtext 2.0 was released today as part of the Eclipse Indigo release. If offers a new refactoring framework, a new expression language, and a new statically typed template language. InfoQ spoke with Sven Efftinge, creator and lead architect of Xtext.

Scala 2.9.0 Introduces Parallel Collections

by Mirko Stocker on  May 18, 2011

The latest Scala release 2.9.0 introduces parallel collections to easily utilize multicore processors. Other new features are an improved REPL, ScalaDoc and new packages for interacting with the operating system.

Akka 1.1 Released, Brings Many Improvements to Futures and Performance, Reduces Dependencies,

by Werner Schuster on  May 12, 2011

Akka 1.1 was released with many improvements in performance, Futures and more. The basic Akka also has no dependencies except for Scala 2.9. InfoQ caught up with Jonas Bonér to talk about the current state and the future of Akka.

Scala & Akka Creators Launch Typesafe Company for Multicore and Cloud Architectures

by Mirko Stocker on  May 12, 2011

Scala creator Martin Odersky joined forces with Jonas Bonér, the creater of Akka, and launched Typesafe. With $3 million Series A financing led by Greylock Partners, Typesafe offers commercial support for enterprise development of multicore and cloud architectures.

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