Atomic Scala book update

Atomic Scala is now “in production,” which means we’re building the index and finalizing the cover and making editing passes and creating other support elements so we can actually go to press in a month or so. We’ll stay with print-on-demand for the time being because we’re still learning things and want the freedom to make improvements. This book is also an attempt to adjust to the way that people actually learn and to make that learning experience better — this makes it more of a continuous experiment. For example, a few weeks ago my coauthor and I gave a one-day tutorial at a conference, and we came away realizing that experienced programmers needed a couple of summary chapters that they could jump to; this way the book can serve both beginning programmers and experienced programmers. So we came back and wrote those, and now the book is better. We expect this experience will be repeated as we gain more information about how people learn from the book.

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Continuing work on the book …

We returned from our 1-day conference tutorial at CodeMash with a lot of insight and ideas about how to improve and streamline our seminar format. We’re also working hard to get the book out in its First Edition.

Thanks to all who attended our seminar and for the valuable feedback!

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We’re at CodeMash 2013 this week (January 7-11)

Bruce Eckel and Dianne Marsh are at CodeMash this week. A small number of early access copies of the book shipped here in time for the conference. This has give us the opportunity to preview it (print on demand is flexible like that) and have attendees look at it before the final version is available. We still have some work to do — add the index, incorporate suggestions from attendees at the conference, beef up the exercises a bit more, and add that ever elusive “one last atom”. But it’s great to see it in print format, and it was particularly fun to open it up here at the conference. Stop by the SRT Solutions booth (near Salon B) to see the book if you’re at CodeMash!

Next week, the Ann Arbor Scala Enthusiasts will welcome Josh Suereth at its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, January 16 at 6 pm. We have 3 copies of Josh’s book “Scala in Depth” (thanks, Manning!) that Josh will sign and give away at the meeting. Join us there if you’re in or around Ann Arbor. The meeting will be held at SRT Solutions, 206 S. Fifth Ave., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. It will start at 6 pm, and Typesafe is sponsoring food!

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Where we’ve been … what we’ve been doing …

We’ve been busy getting the Atomic Scala book ready for an early access printing for CodeMash, where we¬†will be presenting a 1-Day seminar on Wednesday, January 10. The book has shipped to the conference location in Sandusky, OH, and we’re looking forward to seeing it!

We expect that there will be some fun face-palm moments where we realize that we have explained something poorly or inadvertently introduced a forward reference. We will use feedback from the attendees and from early viewers of the book to refine the final edition.

Following CodeMash, Josh Suereth will be joining us in Ann Arbor, MI, for the inaugural Ann Arbor Scala Enthusiasts meeting on Wednesday, January 16. If you’re in the area, please join us. The meeting, starting at 6 pm, is free and open to the public. It will be held at SRT Solutions, 206 S. Fifth Ave., Suite 200, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Hope to see you either in Sandusky or in Ann Arbor in January, or somewhere else in 2013!

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