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'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. :-)