in the wake of 


  • Reactive Applications
  • Big Data/Fast Data
  • FP Scala
  • Scala in practice
  • Distributed Systems

where's scala going

highlights from Odersky's keynote

  • Beginning of the reactive platform
  • Scala-specific platform with TASTY 
    (Serialized Typed Abstract Syntax Trees)
  • DOTC compiler (close to completion)
  • Type unions (U&T and U|T)
  • Implicits that compose
    (implicit function types)

  • Moving towards purity (in FP sense)

A lot of awesome slides @

SCALA platform


 Dependent Object Types calculus paper

life beyond the illusion of present

highlights from Jonas Boner's keynote

 Link to CRDT paper

  • philosophical talk about notion of time and consistency in distributed systems 
  • CR UD
  • Vector Clocks
  • CALM: consistency as logical monotonicity
  • CRDT: cummutative replicated data types 


In general terms, the CALM principle says that:

 Link to CALM paper
  • logically monotonic distributed code is  eventually consistent without any need for coordination protocols (distributed locks, two-phase commit, paxos, etc.)
  • eventual consistency can be  guaranteed in any program by protecting non-monotonic statements (“points of order”) with coordination protocols.

Lambda Architecture

how to unsuck your futures

def f1: Future[Option[Int]] = ???
def f2: Future[Option[Int]] = ???
def f3: Future[Option[Int]] = ???

  val result = for{
    a <- OptionT(f1)
    b <- OptionT(f2)
    c <- OptionT(f3)
  } yield a + b + c

  val finOption: Future[Option[Int]] =

monad transformers cont'd

def f1: Future[String \/ Int] = ???
def f2: Option[Int] = ???
def f3: Future[Int] = ???

  val result = for{
    a <- EitherT(f1)
    b <- EitherT(Future(f2 \/> "B is missing"))
    c <- EitherT( => \/.right(v))
  } yield a + b + c

  val finEither: Future[String \/ Int] =

DIY FUTure monad transformer

   case class FutureOption[A](contents: Future[Option[A]]){

    def flatMap[B](fn: A => FutureOption[B]) = FutureOption{
        case Some(value) => fn(value).contents
        case None => Future.successful(None)

    def map[B](fn: A => B) = FutureOption{{ option =>

Monad is a typeclass with methods:
  • map
  • flatMap
  • create

 Great slides on this topic here

understanding the backend of big data

talk about distributed systems and
cluster resource management

  • Scala (and FP in general) is a perfect fit for 
    distributed computing
  • cluster resources are used for about 5-10% ,
    mixed workloads
  • Mesos, Marathon & Myriad
  • DCOS
dcos package install spark

dcos package install hdfs
check out for more details

essential scala

Six Core Concepts for Learning Scala by Noel Welsh

  1. Expressions, types, & values 
  2. Objects and classes 
  3. Algebraic data types 
  4. Structural recursion 
  5. Sequencing computation 
  6. Type classes

 Slides available here

algebraic data types

  • Goal: translate data description into code
  • Model data with logical ORs and ANDs
  • Two patterns: product types(ANDs) and sum types(ORs)
  • Sum and product together make algebraic data types

//product type: A has a B and C
final case class A(b: B, c: C)

//sum type: A is a B or C
sealed trait A
final case class B() extends A
final case class C() extends A

//Example: a Calculation either succesfull and has value or failed and has an errorsealed trait Calculationfinal case class Success(value: Int) extends Calculationfinal case class Failure(msg: String) extends Calculation

structural recursion

  • Goal: transform algebraic data type
  • Two patterns:
    pattern-matching & polymorphism

//pattern matching

sealed trait A {
   def doSomething: H = {
       this match {
          case B(d, e) => doB(d, e)
          case C(f, g) => doC(f, g)
final case class B(d: D, e: E) extends A
final case class C(f: F, g: G) extends A


sealed trait A {
 def doSomething: H
final case class B(d: D, e: E) extends A {
 def doSomething: H =
 doB(d, e)
final case class C(f: F, g: G) extends A {
 def doSomething: H =
 doC(f, g)

structural recursion example

sealed trait Calculation {
 def add(value: Int): Calculation =
	 this match {
	 	case Success(v) => Success(v + value)
	 	case Failure(msg) => Failure(msg)

final case class Success(value: Int) extends Calculation
final case class Failure(msg: String) extends Calculation


  • Processing algebraic data types immediately follows from the structure of the data
  • Can choose between pattern matching and polymorphism
  • Pattern matching (within the base trait) is usually preferred

sequencing computations

  • Goal: patterns for sequencing computations
  • Functional programming is about transforming values
  • ... without introducing side-effects
  • A => B => C
  • Three patterns: fold, map, and flatMap
  • Fold is abstraction over structural recursion

DIY fold example

sealed trait A {
 def doSomething: H = {
     this match {
		 case B(d, e) => doB(d, e)
		 case C(f, g) => doC(f, g)

final case class B(d: D, e: E) extends A
final case class C(f: F, g: G) extends A 
sealed trait A {
 def fold(doB: (D, E) => H, doC: (F, G) => H): H = {
    this match {
		 case B(d, e) => doB(d, e)
		 case C(f, g) => doC(f, g)

final case class B(d: D, e: E) extends A
final case class C(f: F, g: G) extends A

DIY fold example II

sealed trait Result[A] {
 def fold[B](s: A => B, f: B): B =
    this match {
		 Success(v) => s(v)
		 Failure() => f

final case class Success[A](value: A) extends Result[A]
final case class Failure[A]() extends Result[A]

  • fold is a generic transform for any algebraic data type
  • but it's not always the best choice
  • not all data is algebraic data type
  • there're another methods easier to use (map and flatMap)

essential scala conclusions

  • Scala  is simple
  • 3 patterns are 90% of code
  • 4 patterns are 99% of code
  • program design in Scala is systematic

a purely functional approach to building large applications

by Noel Markham

  • abstracting over monads
  • Reader and ReaderT monads
    (good post here)
  • Kleisli arrow
  • Task monad
  • "wiring" functions together
  • scalaz, shapeless, scalacheck

 Code and presentation available here

Easy Scalable Akka applications

  • CQRS & ES (event sourcing)
  • Akka persistence over Cassandra
  • Akka clustering
  • Gatling stress tool
  • Boldradius blogpost and activator
    template akka-dddd-template

  • ConductR for rolling upgrades!

Awesome approach to replace CRUD with storing WAL and snapshots to represent domain entities state and persist it in Cassandra

 Slides available here

some other awesome topics

  • Spores
  • Project Gålbma: Actors vs. Types
  • Finagle in SoundCloud
  • Why Spark Is the Next Top (Compute) Model
  • Scala.js
  • The Reactive Streams Implementation Landscape

Videos and slides avalable @ Parleys

Some other links to slides @ cakesolutions blog

wraping up

  • Scala language is now stable in terms of API changes
    and moving towards being more functional as well
    as growing a platform like JEE [in good sense =) ]
  • Scala is used as implementation language in 
    major and emerging distributed data
    processing/computing frameworks
  • Scalaz is used in wide variety of projects for
    proper abstractions or just for making code 
    more concise and reusable (\/, transformers)
  • There're a lot of Scala libraries/frameworks
    forming mature ecosystem (e.g. Akka and Play) 
    which is used for building large applications 

be well and code in scala

In the Wake of Scala Days

By Anton Kirillov

In the Wake of Scala Days

A short summary of the talks from ScalaDays Amsterdam 2015

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