Toying With Scala

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When I mentioned I was toying with a pet programming project in IRC at Treehouse Agency, Steven Merrill sold me on Scala. While I'm not a big fan of the JVM, it has a lot of functionality that seems to have the potential to allow for some of the things I want to do with my pet project (related to IEML and the Semantic Sphere).

I haven't had as much time as I wanted to play with it because I never seem to have enough time to do everything I want to - but I do intend to spend some solid time this coming weekend doing just that.

For the Scala curious, you can download it here. Do yourself a favor and simply stick with the IzPack Installer; the other installer is markedly less easy to install - particularly when you want to spend time writing code instead of chasing down environmental variables in Windows - sure, it's not hard but it is annoying.

I also had an opportunity to read a bit about Scala+GWT yesterday; it allows allows you to write Scala code and then run it in the browser by compiling it to JavaScript via Google's Web Toolkit.  The third milestone for it has been met which you can read about here.

I'll be posting more Scala resources as I encounter them. I may not be in the pro-development market anymore, but I'm still a geek. :-)

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