Typesafe board member Rod Johnson gave this hour long brilliant keynote speech at an insanely early hour of the second day of ScalaDays 2013. He talked about where Scala is going to be in 2018, and he made really good points, and some quite controversial statements too. It’s definitely one of the most discussed and talked about sessions of this year’s Scala Days conference.
I’m especially amused by how Nathan Hamblen, author of the infamous Dispatch library, got offended by Rod Johnson using this library as an example of how not to write Scala libraries. His response is also very interesting, and, as a matter of fact, reflecting a quite common reaction to this keynote. And he made some very good points too, like this one for example: “I don’t feel there is a Java community so much as there is a Java audience, in the sway of one “thought leader” after another, chasing one magic bullet after another, always one enterprise software purchase away from the ultimate salvation of not having to program.”