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Scala lets us write beautifully simple code. It incurs very low boilerplate and does not restrict expression in arbitrary ways. Scala itself is also quite a simple language, with few constructs that compose well. On the other hand, Scala is often described as difficult. I believe this criticism is not so much directed at the language itself but at certain libraries, frameworks and applications written in Scala. In my talk I want to raise this problem, and start a discussion how the Scala ecosystem can do better.
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Martin Odersky is a professor at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is best known as the creator of the Scala programming language. Prior to that, he made several contributions to the development of Java. He created the Pizza and GJ languages, designed the original version of generics for Java, and wrote the javac reference compiler.