About Dianne Marsh

Dianne Marsh is the Director of Engineering for Cloud Tools at Netflix. Her expertise in software programming and technology includes manufacturing, genomics decision support and real-time processing applications. Dianne started her professional career using C and has enjoyed using many languages, including C++, Java, and C# since then, and is currently having a lot of fun using Scala. Dianne is a member of the Women Presidents Organization (http://www.womenpresidentsorg.com) and a board member of the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. Dianne has helped to organize CodeMash (http://codemash.org), an all-volunteer developer conference focused on bringing together programmers of various programming languages to learn from one another, and has been a board member of the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. She is active with the local user groups, including hosting several. She earned her Master of Science degree in computer science from Michigan Technological University. She's married to her best friend, has two fun young children and she talked Bruce into doing this book.

Announcing the first seminar from Atomic Scala … in Boulder, CO

We’re happy to announce that the first seminar from Atomic Scala will be in Boulder, Colorado, from October 15-19, 2012. Bruce Eckel and Dianne Marsh will present “atoms” (very small, single concept chapters) from the book. The seminar will be hands-on, with exercises associated with each of the atoms. Each attendee will receive an early access version of the print book as well.

You can find more information and registration information on the Boulder Seminar Page.

Note: we’re managing early bird pricing a bit differently than we have in the past. Instead of having an early bird date, we’ve made a number of tickets (10) available at early bird pricing. Once those tickets sell, all additional tickets will be sold at regular pricing. If we do not sell 10 tickets before our deadline of September 15, we will not hold the seminar and we will refund the early bird ticket price to those who purchased them. This allows us to ensure that our costs are met within the cancellation period for the venue.

We will be announcing a second seminar location soon (likely either Boston or Ann Arbor).

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Gentle Introduction to Scala Seminars in Planning Stages

The Atomic Scala book edits are fairly complete, and exercises/solutions are in place. Some people would ship the book now. But Bruce’s experience with Thinking in Java and Thinking in C++ tells us that holding seminars from the book before unleashing it on the public offers a perspective that will make the content fundamentally more understandable and will lead to happier readers.

We like happy readers, so we will be holding two 5-day “Gentle Introduction to Scala” seminars in various locations around the United States. Participants will receive an early access version of the print book and enjoy a highly interactive seminar on Scala, using the book and “atomic concepts” for learning. Watch this blog for announcements on dates and locations.


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