Scala and Functional Programming

Progressive F# Tutorials, Aug 24-25 2011
Here at Skills Matter eXchange, we run close to 1000 events a year from our premises in Clerkenwell in East London. From the epic 5-day workshops where our many experts guide you through the labyrinthine twists and turns of important but challenging tech topics to the 2-hour meet-ups of our User Groups where a guest speaker, drafted in for the evening, spreads the word of their field of expertise, we cater for the vast range of approaches required by our community of developers in their quest to learn, innovate and share.

This post is chock-a-block full of the conferences, SkillsCasts and User Groups that our Ops team work tirelessly to assemble. There are three conferences in the Scala/Functional space – Progressive F# Tutorials, Progressive Scala Tutorials and Scala Lift-Off London 2011 – due to happen over the next few months, ITBs from Udi Dahan, Miles Sabin Rob Pickering and meetups of the F#unctional Londoners and London Scala User Group. We’re very proud of this programme, as we are of the people who co-ordinate it.

CONFERENCES

PROGRESSIVE F# TUTORIALS – 24th-25th AUGUST 2011

Progressive F# Tutorials, Aug 24-25 2011

We’re very excited to be hosting the Progressive F# Tutorials, which will feature the leading experts in F#, Functional Programming and related topics. Led by Phil Trelford, the Tutorials will take place here Skills Matter eXchange on the 24th and 25th August, 2011.

Learn from the Experts!

For those not familiar with the Skills Matter Tutorials format, it comprises a series of half-day hands-on Workshops where delegates can dig deep into the specifics of the conference topic’s inner workings. The Progressive F# Tutorials has two tracks running over two days, with two tutorials per track per day. That’s 8 magnificent tutorials! The programme boasts the likes of Robert Pickering, Mark Needham, Tomas Petrycek, Zack Bray, Chris Marinos and Dave Thomas and promises to be a wonderful two days of learning.

Updates

Check out our Progressive F# Tutorials page for speaker updates and programme developments. And use Twitter tag #progf11for event updates and discussions related to this exciting event.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale at a fantastic Early Bird price of £150, but that runs out on 1st July so you need to get in there quickly.

If you can’t make it, follow events in Almost-Real-Time, as our much-feted team of SkillsCasters get the SkillsCasts up online before the speaker can return to their seat to contemplate a job well done.

PROGRESSIVE SCALA TUTORIALS – 14th-16th SEPTEMBER 2011

Progressive Scala Tutorials, Sep 14-16 2011

The second Tutorials we want to tell you about are the Progressive Scala Tutorials, which will take place at Skills Matter eXchange between the 14th and 16th September, 2011. It’s a three-day festival of Scala learning, featuring Lift, Akka and a host of other Scala-based fun.

Updates

The Progressive Scala Tutorials page is the place to go for speaker updates and programme developments. And Twitter tag #progscala is the one to follow for event updates and discussions related to this exciting event.

Tickets

Tickets are now on sale at a glorious Early Bird price of £250, but that runs out on 5th July so it makes financial sense to book right away.

All talks will be SkillsCast, so if you’re not around you can do the conference asynchronously, should you need to, but you’ll miss the buzz in the air and the tangible excitement that surrounds these wonderful gatherings.

SCALA LIFT OFF LONDON 2011 – 13th-14th OCTOBER 2011

Scala Lift-Off London 2011, Oct 13-14 2011

Back at the Skills Matter eXchange for another glorious year, Scala Lift-off London 2011 is the leading Scala Unconference. An Unconference, for anyone who hasn’t experienced it, is an event where the delegates create the agenda. At the start of the event, delegates volunteer to lead a talk on the topic of their choice. They add their talk to the programme, where it sits alongside the talks of their fellow delegates. The delegates attend each others talks, and everyone learns from each other. It’s a great way to learn and an even greater way to get involved in the community.

Updates

Check out our Scala Lift-off London 2011 page for speaker updates and programme developments. And use Twitter tag #scalalolfor event updates and discussions related to this exciting event.

Tickets

We have conjured up a bewilderingly good Early Bird price of £250, but that runs out on 30th June. Numbers for Scala Lift-Off London are limited to 125, so surely it’s worth biting the bullet and assuring yourself of a seat right now.

It’s at these multi-track events that the SkillsCasts really come into their own – you can attend your track of choice in the confidence that you won’t miss any concurrent talks. I know, I know, we’re good to you! But those Ops guys we mentioned in the introduction are the ones that make this possible.

USER GROUPS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS

The Skills Matter User Group Programme is most representative of Skills Matter’s commitment to the developer community. Anywhere up to 40 User Groups call the Skills Matter their home. Featured here are just two – the F#unctional Londoners and London Scala User Group.

F#unctional Londoners UK User Group

F#unctional Londoners aims to bring together Londoners with an interest in functional programming with F#.
Topics include:
– Essentials of functional programming and F#
– Assessing what kind of projects F# is well suited for – or not
– Using F# alongside other languages and libraries
– Asynchronous and parallel programming
– Data visualisation
– Scientific programming
– Numerical methods and optimisation
– Financial modelling

Here are some SkillsCasts of some of F#unctional Londoners’ recent talks:

The next F#unctional Londoners UG meeting is on 4th July 2011, which will feature a talk by Mike Hadlow – Monads in .Net.
Find out more about the F#unctional Londoners.

London Scala User Group

There aren’t too many topics hotter than Scala at the moment, and one the great ways to learn about it is with London Scala User Group.
Here are some SkillsCasts of some of London Scala User Group’s recent talks:

The next meeting of the London Scala User Group will be on the 20th July, when Kevin Wright will talk about Idiomatic Scala.

IN THE BRAINS – FREE TALKS

The In The Brains programme is a constant work in progress. No sooner will we have sent this newsletter out that we will have another handful of great talks which would have fitted in perfectly.

Keep checking the website or follow #scalasm, #fsharpsm and #skillsmatter on Twitter for regular updates!

In The Brain of Uncle Bob (Robert C. Martin), The Last Programming Language, Jul 13

Talk: The Last Programming Language
Speaker: Uncle Bob Martin
Date: July 13, 2011, 18:30-20:00
This event is now full, but the SkillsCast will be available within hours of Uncle Bob finishing his talk. Well worth checking out!

In The Brain of Miles Sabin, Encoding unboxed union types in Scala, Aug 16

Talk: Encoding unboxed union types in Scala
Speaker: Miles Sabin
Date: Aug 16, 2011, 18:30-20:00
More details & sign up here.

In The Brain of Robert Pickering, The Combinator Approach to Programming Domain Specific Languages with F#, Aug 23

Talk: The Combinator Approach to Programming Domain Specific Languages with F#
Speaker: Robert Pickering
Date: Aug 23, 2011, 18:30-20:00
More details & sign up here.

In The Brain of Udi Dahan, Q & A with Udi Dahan, Sep 13

Talk: Q & A with Udi Dahan
Speaker: Udi Dahan
Date: Sep 13, 2011, 18:30-20:00
More details & sign up here.

SKILLSCASTS OF RECENT TALKS

SCALA EXCHANGE 2011

We recently hosted the inaugural Scala eXchange here at Skills Matter eXchange. We had Keynotes from Martin Odersky and James Strachan, and an abundance of other fascinating talks. We have compiled this comprehensive list of Scala eXchange SkillsCasts for your catch-up convenience:

Here are a handful of Scala and Functional SkillsCasts for you to enjoy:

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