Bruce and I are both at OSCON, in Portland, this week. This offers us a rare opportunity to work together in person, and that’s always fun (and productive).
We presented a half-day tutorial, Introduction to Scala, from Atomic Scala yesterday. We were surprised that we had a repeat tutorial attendee (hi John!) who had previously joined us at the CodeMash tutorial last January. We got up to the Class Exercises in the book, and we hope that attendees will continue independently. If you attended, we would love your feedback.
I’ll be speaking tomorrow, “Sneaking Scala through the Back Door” and Bruce has 2 talks on Thursday, “Rethinking Errors: Lessons from Scala and Go” and “Reinventing Business”. Both of us will be participating in OSCON Office Hours, which give attendees an opportunity to come talk to us. If you’re at OSCON, we would love to talk to you! We even have a few copies of the book with us!
If you aren’t at OSCON, consider attending the Scala Summit in Crested Butte August 19-21.
Here’s Bruce’s blog on the Atomic Scala book and the upcoming seminar in Boulder: http://www.artima.com/weblogs/viewpost.jsp?thread=345161
And here’s mine: http://www.srtsolutions.com/atomic-scala-book-written
Glad to see we’re pretty much on the same page!
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).
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.