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The computer game Minecraft is a huge hit with kids of all ages. It is also an excellent tool for teaching programming and game design. In this talk we will discuss a Scala DSL that enables kids to modify Minecraft with less cognitive overhead, and more importantly: with much more fun!
One of the things that makes Minecraft so big is the modding scene. Minecraft mods are traditionally created using Java. We have been running workshops using the combination Java and Minecraft with great success. But using Java in this scenario is not really ideal: there is lots of boiler-plate code that have to be simply ignored by beginners. If such boiler plate code can be ignored, why is it even there?
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Previously a Java developer, Paulo "JCranky" Siqueira is a Senior Software Engineer at Zalando, where he has lots of fun writing functional code in Scala. He is passionate about Scala and a frequent Open Source contributor - and also an amateur pianist when time allows. He is also the co-founder of the Scaladores - an Scala meetup group in São Paulo, Brazil.