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Through some live-coding using Parboiled2 (https://github.com/sirthias/parboiled2), Phil will show that writing simple parsers in Scala is easy and demonstrate that parsers are more readable, more composable and provide more useful information when things go wrong than regular expressions.
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Phil is senior software architect at the Guardian. He has worked on just about every part of the Guardian's site and the tools which support it; building features, optimising performance and increasing resilience.