Viktor Klang at Scala Days: “It is important to listen to what developers struggle with and collaborate on how that could be improved”

Viktor Klang needs no introduction. Deputy CTO at Lightbend,  Viktor is a public speaker and programmer‚ specializing in distributed systems and concurrency. He is a prolific contributor to, and Emeritus Tech Lead of, the Akka project; co-founding member of the Reactive Streams Special Interest Group; a contributor to the Scala Standard Library APIs, such as Future & Promise; and a Java Champion.

At Scala Days Lausanne, Viktor will talk about Scala 2.13 and the implementation of Future & Promise. You will learn what a Future and a Promise is and what has driven the implementation to evolve into what it is today. In advance of his talk Making Our Future Better, we sat down with Viktor to talk about his Scala journey, the biggest challenge Scala developers are facing today and why empathy is the solution to the challenge.

Justin Pihony at Scala Days: “Scala allows me to write expressive code in very few lines.”

A software journeyman, Justin Pihoney uses his knowledge to provide developer support at Lightbend. As much as he loves to learn, he also loves to spread his knowledge through teaching and helping others. He has authored three online courses for Pluralsight, including a Spark Fundamentals one, and is one of the top Spark answerers on StackOverflow, and organizes the Pittsburgh Scala meetups.

In advance of his talk Supporting the Scala Ecosystem: Stories from the Line at Scala Days Lausanne, we caught up with Justin to learn more about his background and about his upcoming talk.

Oli Makhasoeva at Scala Days: “Scala is the best tool to fight boredom”

A Scala Software Engineer specializing in developing high-load backend platforms, Oli Makhasoeva has recently shifted gears and joined 47 Degrees as a Solutions Architect where she is working on a variety of different projects, improving client experience with Scala and Functional Programming (FP). She is the founder and co-organizer of the popular FP Meetup, “Fun(c)” that draws tech experts from around the world for speaking engagements and is a host of the Russian Scala podcast, “Scalalaz”.

In advance of her Scala Days Lausanne talk Develop seamless web services with Mu, we spoke to Oli about her journey from attending her first Scala Days conference to speaking at Scala Days Lausanne in June 2019 and her upcoming talk.

Eugene Yokota at Scala Days: “The true joy is in the everyday discussions I have with colleagues and other contributors”

A member of the Scala Team at Lightbend, Eugene Yokota is a maintainer of sbt since 0.13.5. If you are interested in learning about sbt, then Eugene’s talk sbt core concepts at Scala Days Lausanne is for you.

From developing hacking as a hobby to his role as sbt maintainer at Lightbend, we have spoken to Eugene about his background, his passion for Scala and the details of his upcoming talk at Scala Days Lausanne.

Sébastien Doeraene at Scala Days: “When I started Scala.js, little did I know that it would turn into the largest project of my life”

A compiler/runtime systems hacker and a Scala enthusiast, Sébastien Doeraene is best known as the author of Scala.js and as an Executive Director of the Scala Center. He holds a PhD from EPFL, having worked under the supervision of Prof. Martin Odersky, and a master’s degree in computer science engineering from Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Fun fact: when Sébastien is not busy coding, he sings in choirs and a cappella groups such as the Ensemble Vocal Évohé, or composes for said choirs.

In advance of his upcoming talk on Scala.js and WebAssembly at Scala Days Lausanne, we spoke to Sébastien about his Scala path, his role at the Scala Center and how Scala.js became the largest project of his life.