LX Scala was held in Lisbon on June 8th.

Powered by e.near, the event took place in Microsoft’s Portuguese headquarters. Both speakers and attendees enjoyed a day filled with knowledge sharing and contact building.

This was the very first Scala conference I attended. As a Scala developer, I can say it was a great opportunity to get a first peek at the community.

Most of the 9 talks were technical. They allowed me to not only understand the current state of the Scala community but to also be able to get to know the pressing issues that are now being solved.

My favorite talk was given by Jon Pretty, a leading developer. He was super communicative and enthusiastic about his work. Moreover, he was able to present a brand-new tool that he is working on and that will effectively improve compilation in Scala. Since compilation has been an issue I have also experienced, this was great news.

By listening to the talks, I was able to grasp some technical aspects and got some suggestions on reading material I can check later on.

Even so, as with every great conference, the speakers and attendees provided the key value.

I thought it was rewarding to get to meet speakers in person. These are people like Luka Jacobowitz – someone who actually develops libraries that I use every single day. Luka is a contributor for the cats library that everyone at e.near uses. I was able to get to know him, talk a little bit about his background, his experience, and his passion for what he does.

I also got to speak with Heather Miller. She is a Swiss teacher whose videos about parallel programming in Scala are a reference all over the world. She talked about some of the problems facing the Scala community and some of the steps we could take to help it grow and develop. For instance, Heather feels that open-source software – while being of a good quality and something which is used everywhere – is critically understaffed. She suggests we all start to have a real debate so that we can come up with a whole new paradigm and tackle this problem.

By interacting with all the speakers, I gained the sense of where Scala’s top developers are. In addition, I got to understand what is the gold standard and what I need to do to reach it. This knowledge allows me to see myself as part of a big picture and visualize the steps I must take to improve.

This was the first time I had the chance to meet Scala developers outside of my e.near team. I enjoyed talking with them, getting to understand their knowledge of Scala and the kind of projects they are currently working on. Moreover, it was a relief to know they feel the same frustrations and go through the same technical difficulties I go through.

The event allowed me to extend my network, which is always a plus. Indeed, Lx Scala allowed me to explore some new opportunities and will also help us increase our team at e.near.

In conclusion, this conference brought a lot of value to all developers and to the community as a whole. We often take the work that happens backstage for granted. That’s one of the reasons why both e.near and Lx Scala should be praised.

Carlos Teixeira
Scala Software Engineer