2 books about Scala

http://programmingscala.com/ by Dean Wampler & Alex Payne September, 2009.
http://www.pragprog.com/titles/vsscala/programming-scala  by Venkat Subramaniam, 250 pages, Jul 2009.

I had the chance to read two books about Scala. Both do a very good job at getting you up to speed with this new language.
I won't try to convince you to learn Scala, just do a quick research.  
  • You will find that it has many interesting ideas worth learning. (Even if you don't end up using Scala). Functional Programing, closures, DSL, Strong and powerful type system, Actors ...
  • There may not be a next Java, but whatever will come, it will certainly looks like Scala or part of it.
  • You can start to use it right now. Either for Test (like JUnit or for Behavior tests) or to integrate with your existing Java code.

Now which book to choose ? If you can, read Venkat first and then Dean. The first is quicker and more didactic. The second is more in depth and detailed.

If you have to choose one, how could I help you ?
  • Venkat examples are really well though and make the point cristal clear.
  • Dean goes step by step detailing all part of the language. It can certainly be kept as a reference book. But it requires a certain dose of concentration.
  • Venkat's strength is to make the reading very enjoyable. The examples "speaks" to you. He shows the power and the sweet spots. How it will help and benefits you. He sells you Scala on every pages.

With so many things popping up from the net, I almost stopped reading books for years. Now I feel like I loosed my time, coping with tons of news. A book is a much more enjoyable and relaxing experience while at the same time brings you lots of knowledge. 

Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware

"Pragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your Wetware" by Andy Hunt (288 pages, Sep 2008)

This is pure genius: a must read ! re-read and apply all the advices ! Just do it !

As Socrate used to say: "NOSCE TE IPSUM" (Know yourself). With this book, you will know more about your brain and how you can use this knowledge to improve.

It is really fun to read, as well as concrete and practical. He doesn't just expose the theory: he told the story of experimental studies demonstrating his point.



The most beneficial thing to my career has been to practice sport on a regular basis. Way more important than reading news about technology ! It improves little by little.
The most detrimental is procrastination. It strikes unexpectedly and it is harmful in very different ways. Once, my back hurts so bad that I was stuck on my couch for 2 month. More recently, I hurt a bunch of nice people and destroyed their trust.
It is the kind of moment were you wish you could simply disappear. But you cannot escape yourself.  I can do more sport, but I feel I am missing something. I hope to find out, I have an ongoing action to find out.

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