Scala 2.11: The Latest Major Scala Release

by Bienvenido David on  May 06, 2014

Typesafe has recently announced the release of Scala 2.11 under the standard 3-clause BSD license. This is a major release which includes improvements in scalac, the REPL, packaging/modularization, macros, the Collections library, and various bug fixes. Scala 2.11 targets Java 6, with only limited, experimental support for Java 8. Scala 2.11 is not binary compatible with the 2.10 series.

Groovy 2.3 Released With Traits and Java 8 Support

by Victor Grazi on  May 06, 2014

Groovy Project Manager at Pivotal Guillaume Laforge today announced the release of Groovy 2.3, the first major Groovy release this year, and the first major release of Groovy to feature official support for running on the recently released Java 8.

Reactive Streams with Akka Streams

by Bienvenido David on  Apr 21, 2014

Typesafe has announced the early preview of Akka Streams, an open source implementation of the Reactive Streams draft specification using an Actor-based implementation. Reactive Streams is an initiative to provide a standard for asynchronous stream processing with non-blocking back pressure on the JVM. Back pressure in needed to make sure the data producer doesn't overwhelm the data consumer.

Haskell Gets iOS Support, Several language and Performance Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 16, 2014

GHC 7.8.1 was recently released, bringing several language, compiler and performance improvements. Haskell can now be compiled for iOS, and sports new features such as Closed Type Families, Roles, Overloaded Lists, Pattern Synonyms.

DDD and CQRS Using the Functional Language F#

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 31, 2014

A focus on behaviour and a more declarative style of code are two benefits for Domain-Driven Design (DDD) when moving from an object-oriented language like C# to a functional one like F#, Lev Gorodinski claims in a recent presentation, using an example that includes event sourcing and Command-Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS) to show some of the benefits and challenges in a move to F#.

Rebecca Parsons on the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

by Shane Hastie on  Mar 28, 2014 3

In January ThoughtWorks released the latest version of their Technology Radar in which they track what's interesting in the software development ecosystem. The big themes this year are (1) early warning systems and recovery in production, (2) the tension between privacy and big data, (3) the javascript ecosystem and (4) blurring of the line between the physical and virtual worlds.

Domain-Driven Design Using a Functional Language

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 25, 2014 1

Using a functional language in domain-driven design (DDD) the actual code can often become simple enough to be used instead of UML diagrams when discussing with domain experts, Scott Wlaschin stated in a recent talk about domain modelling together with functional programming using F#.

Object Oriented Design Principles and Functional Programming

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 20, 2014

Independently from each other, Richard Warburton in a presentation, and Mark Seemann in a blog post both talks about object-orientation and the SOLID design principles from a functional programming perspective.

Akka Toolkit 2.3 with Java 8 and Persistence Support

by Jan Stenberg on  Mar 11, 2014

Latest version of the Akka toolkit, an implementation of Actor Model, comes with persistence enabling stateful actors to persist their internal state, together with support for Java 8 lambda expressions.

Elm 0.11 Improves JavaScript Interop

by Tom Coupland on  Mar 10, 2014

Elm’s recent 0.11 release aims to simplify using the FRP language in combination with Javascript.

Prismatic Adds Data Type Coercion to Schema 0.2

by Tom Coupland on  Feb 19, 2014

Prismatic have added data coercion in the 0.2 release of their Clojure data description library, Schema. The addition of coercion means that the library doesn’t just reject data that has the wrong types, but it can be configured to modify instances to fit the schema. InfoQ talked to Prismatic's Jason Wolfe about Schema.

LightTable IDE Goes Open Source, Adds Plugin Support

by Tom Coupland on  Feb 03, 2014

Chris Granger has open sourced the LightTable IDE with the 0.6 release. Third party plugin support was the highlight feature of the release. InfoQ talked to LightTable creator Chris Granger.

Functional Relational Mapping Library Slick 2.0 Released

by Jan Stenberg on  Jan 26, 2014

Version 2.0 of Slick, a Functional-Relational Mapping, FRM, library for Scala, (corresponding to an Object-Relational Mapper, ORM, for object-oriented languages), was recently released with a code generator for reverse-engineering a database schema and new driver architecture to allow support for non-SQL databases.

Scala Turns Ten Today

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 20, 2014

Ten years ago today, the first release of the Scala language was announced on the comp.lang.scala newsgroup. It's come a long way in ten years; what will the next ten years be like? InfoQ looks back.

Om: Enhancing Facebook's React with Immutability

by Tom Coupland on  Jan 17, 2014

Om is a new a ClojureScript interface for Facebook’s React HTML UI library. Om uses Clojure(Script)'s persistent data structures and requestAnimationFrame to further improve React's rendering. InfoQ talked to Om's creator, David Nolen, about Om and the benefits of functional concepts for application programming.

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