Dean Wampler is a Consultant, Trainer, and Mentor with Object Mentor, Inc. He specializes in Scala, Java, and Ruby. He works with clients on application design strategies that combine object-oriented programming, functional programming, and aspect-oriented programming. He also consults on Agile methods, like Lean and XP. Dean is a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences on these topics. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington.
Alex Payne is Platform Lead at Twitter, where he develops services that enable programmers to build atop the popular social messaging service. Alex has previously built web applications for political campaigns, non-profits, and early-stage startups, and supported information security efforts for military and intelligence customers. In his free time, Alex studies, speaks, and writes about the history, present use, and evolution of programming languages, as well as minimalist art and design.
If you are experienced programmers, this is a good book for you.
The material of the book although it is dense in concepts, it is readable and the examples are very good and instructive.
As a language, Scala offers a lot to like: object orientation, pattern matching, rich lexical extensibility, and attention to details like right vs. left association and co- vs. Read morePublished 15 months ago by wiredweird
Scala's philosophy of being able to read Java/J2E/JVM libraries is its greatest selling point. Unlike Python that likes to start from scratch which is really next to being useless... Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by rokudaime
Complete, and gets the job done, but it definitely doesn't follow the "Spiral Approach" or "Inverted Pyramid": explain the simple things first and the details later. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Alexander Rosen
This is my first Scala book and it is a dense one. The density itself would not be the biggest problem had the book been better organized. Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Emre Sevinc
The first few chapters are breathtakingly fast. Some of the middle chapters are kind of slow, but are still worthwhile. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Shannon J. Behrens
I think that Programming in Scala (Odersky) is a much more organized and detailed book than this one. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by A. Tistler
The author is/was working for Twitter. They are one of the first large scale web companies to adopt Scala. Read morePublished on May 12, 2010 by Kevin Lau
I've read (most of)all 4 books on scala: Staircase, Pragmatic, Apress (Pollak) and this one. The Pragmatic and staircase books are relatively gentle explanations of the language,... Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by pounding on the keyboard
Original review written by Roberto Bentivoglio, JUG Lugano [...]
Scala is a recent programming language that mixes the object-oriented programming with the functional... Read more