Scala programming language and Venkat Subramaniam videos

  

A long while ago, someone (it was too long ago, so I sincerely forgot who, it probably was in the JBuilder era) told me that I should try out Ruby and Scala.
I did take a short look at Ruby back then, but since Ruby was so focussed on Web Development, and my heart really wasn’t there, postponed it to the times that the Web would be hot for me.
Then I should have taken a look at Scala (which compiles to Java bytecode), but since I abandoned Java (JBuilder wasn’t nice, Java programming was slow and modern IDEs like IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse weren’t there yet).
Now that I’ve done truckloads of work in the .NET and Delphi world (including domain specific languages and Pascal based products), I bumped into these Scala videos by Venkat Subramaniam:

Why Scala? …by a hilarious Indian guy – YouTube.
Scala for the Intrigued – YouTube.

Boy, I should have taken a look earlier: like Delphi and C# it is a statically typed compiled language, but it is on steroids.
Yes, I know it leans on the Java bytecode as a run-time platform, but so does the Android SDK as one of the Java Platforms. Contrary Ruby, which with IronRuby runs on .NET and RubyMotion runs Mac and iOS, Scala does not run on the .NET platform any more.
Given the witty way of presenting I’m surely going to follow Venkat Subramaniam and watch some of his other videos too.
Shortly after watching the above I bumped into this video by Steve Yegge (Google): Dynamic Languages Strike Back – YouTube.
–jeroenFiled under: .NET, C#, Delphi, Development, Java, Java Platform, Ruby, Scala, Software Development

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