Building a Secure Distributed Social Web using Scala & Scala-JS

8th December 2014 in London at Business Design Centre

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We will show how to build a full Scala client and server application by illustrating it with a use case pushing the limits of what can be done: a distributed secure Social Web server. We do this by using emerging W3C standards: using JSON-LD for distributed data [0] , the Linked Data Protocol [1] as a generic web API, with WebID for distributed authentication [2].

In order to avoid duplication of code and to give us maximum flexibility we have developed banana-rdf [3] - a scala RDF library that allows us to elegantly write code that can be used both on the web client using scala-js and on the server, whilst allowing us to change implementation with one line of code. On the client we gain maximum speed with a scala-js wrapping of the Facebook React framework, allowing us to write clean functional code.

This project is open source with more details on the wiki https://github.com/read-write-web/wiki/wiki

OuiShare Workshop

For those interested in digging deeper a hands on session will be organised in cooperation with OuiShare labs on Wednesday 10th December in London.

Full details on the workshop and how to register can be found here.

[0] http://json-ld.org/ 1 http://www.w3.org/TR/ldp/ [2] http://webid.info/spec/ [3] https://github.com/w3c/banana-rdf


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Building a Secure Distributed Social Web using Scala & Scala-JS

Henry Story

Henry Story studied philosophy then computing in London in the 90s. He then went to work at AltaVista where he developed the BabelFish machine translation engine and server side technologies using Java. In 2004 he joined Sun Microsystems where he worked on the Atom protocol, implementing an RDF database for James Gosling BlogEd Editor, and researched uses of the Semantic Web.