Welcome and introduction from the summit chairs Alex Payne and Dean Wampler, and an overview of what makes Scala unique and more productive to work with.
Alex Payne is Chief Product & Technology Officer for BankSimple, a startup working to make personal finance simple, honest, and dependable again. Previously, Alex was one of the first employees at Twitter, the popular social messaging network. There, Alex led development of the Twitter Platform, growing it into one of the most popular software platforms on the Web. Before joining Twitter, he worked for an Information Security contractor in the military and intelligence sector. Alex got his start writing software for political campaigns and non-profits in Washington, DC.
Alex is a frequent speaker on software engineering practices and systems architecture at conferences around the world. He’s the co-author of Programming Scala, and is passionate about the history and evolution of programming languages.
Dean Wampler is a consultant for Typesafe. He specializes in scalable, distributed, data-centric application development, “Big Data” or otherwise, applying Functional Programming principles with the Typesafe Reactive Platform, Hadoop, and other tools. Dean is a contributor to several open-source projects and he is the founder of the Chicago-Area Scala Enthusiasts. He is the co-author of Programming Scala, the author of Functional Programming for Java Developers, and the co-author of Programming Hive, all from O’Reilly. He pontificates on twitter, @deanwampler.
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