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Why Scala is Taking Over the Big Data World

8th December 2014 in London at Business Design Centre

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Want to find out why those dealing with Big Data are increasingly being won over by the power of Scala? Dean Wampler, recognised Scala author and expert, will give the keynote to open the second day of Scala X.

Users of Big (and not so Big) Data roughly divide into three groups, developers like us, traditional data analysts, and a hybrid called data scientists. The analysts prefer SQL, SAS, and similar, traditional tools. The scientists (mostly statisticians, really) prefer Python and R, with Julia emerging. The Developers started with Java, but they are being seduced by Scala, because it offers ideal tools for data-centric applications.

This talk explains why data-centric applications are driving Scala adoption. Scala already provides these essential features:

  • Expressive DSLs.
  • The JVM.
  • Actors for distributed scaling.
  • Optimizations for primitives, but uniform source abstractions.
  • Functional combinators.

These features combine to yield powerful, scalable tools with concise APIs:

  • Scalding and Summingbird - for Hadoop and Storm
  • Spark and H2O - the Next Generation...
  • Spire and Algebird - Mathematics

Finally, we'll discuss what's missing and what's ahead.

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Why Scala is Taking Over the Big Data World

Dean Wampler

Dean Wampler, Ph.D., is the Architect for Big Data Products and Services in the Office of the CTO at Lightbend, where he focuses on the evolving “Fast Data” ecosystem for streaming applications based on the SMACK stack, Spark, Mesos, Akka (and the rest of the Lightbend Reactive Platform), Cassandra, Kafka, and other tools.