Seth Tisue at Scala Days: Scala is both beautiful and practical. That combination solves all problems.

An active member of the Scala community since 2008, you could have met Seth Tisue at the Scalawags podcast, the Northeast Scala Symposium, and pretty much any online community around Scala. Having joined the Scala team at Lightbend in 2015, Seth previously used Scala to build the compiler and other tools for NetLogo, an open-source programming language for kids, teachers, and scientists.

In advance of his talk You Are A Scala Contributor at Scala Days in New York on June 20th, we spoke to Seth about his commitment to the open source community, the Scala ecosystem and the future of Scala.  

Adam Warski at Scala Days: “Scala is the best language out there.”

One of the co-founders of SoftwareMill, where he codes using Scala and other technologies, Adam is involved in open-source projects, such as sttp, MacWire, and Quicklens. In advance of his talk, “sttp: the Scala HTTP client that you always wanted!” , we spoke to Adam about his Scala journey, about the challenge of the “developer experience” and why everyone is a CTO at SoftwareMill.

Dick Wall at Scala Days: “It didn’t take long to discover Scala and I never looked back.”

A Senior Software Engineer at CiBo Technologies, Dick Wall work on large scale geospatial datasets in Scala. He has been developing in Scala since 2006, formed the Bay Area Scala Enthusiasts (one of the first Scala user groups) in 2007, and has been delivering Scala training since 2009 at all levels. He is a former host of the Java Posse podcast and a Scalawag (a Scala oriented podcast currently on hiatus). Recipient of the inaugural Phil Bagwell Award for Scala Community Service, Dick also revived and ran the SIP/SLIP Scala Process from 2015 to 2016.

In advance of his talk “Your Type System Working for You” at Scala Days in New York, we asked Dick about his Scala journey and the Scala community.

Rebecca Ely Bloomberg at Scala Days blog

Rebecca Ely at Scala Days: “I didn’t pick Scala. Scala picked me.”

Rebecca Ely, or simply Ely, as she’s known in the Scala community, is an engineer on the Spark platform team at Bloomberg and an enthusiastic member of the SF Scala community. Her 2015 transition into tech was preceded by work as a federal acquisition consultant, math and science teacher, and volunteer monkey bather. She still bathes the occasional monkey.

In advance of her talk “Teaching Scala to the Statically Challenged” at Scala Days in New York, we spoke to Ely about her quitting a job in D.C., designing a folk dance choreography algorithm and her Scala journey.

Neville Li Spotify at Scala Days New York

Neville Li: “Functional programming paradigm is a great fit for data processing.”

As a software engineer at Spotify working on data and machine learning infrastructure,  Neville Li has been driving the adoption of Scala and new tools for data processing, including Beam, Scalding, Spark, Storm and Parquet. Prior to Spotify, he worked on search quality at Yahoo! and old school distributed systems like MPI.

We spoke with Neville in advance of Teaching Scala: A Roundtable Discussion at Scala Days in New York on June 20th, which he is joining as a panelist alongside the inventor of Scala language, Martin Odersky, Ryan Tanner (Twitter), Kelley Robinson (Twilio), Maciej Gorywoda (WIRE), Mark Lewis (Trinity University) and Heather Miller (Scala Center), and asked him about his Scala story.