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, IoT, and big data applications using the Typesafe Reactive Platform, Hadoop, and other tools. Dean is a contributor to several open-source projects and 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 Media.
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