Introducing the Scala Center

Introducing the Scala Center

All about the new Scala Center, how we operate, what we're working on, and what we plan to do next!

Keynote at Scala Days NYC, May 10, 2016

49a4815846825cd1334fa080c6e71c5d?s=128

Heather Miller

May 10, 2016
Tweet

Transcript

  1. scalacenter Heather Miller @heathercmiller Scala Days NYC, May 10th, 2016

    the Introducing: http://scala.epfl.ch
  2. A new not-for-profit center established at EPFL launched about a

    month and a half ago
  3. A new not-for-profit center established at EPFL EPFL a world

    leading 
 university in Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne)
  4. part of a university in Switzerland \

  5. None
  6. Why a center? So,

  7. Why a center? So, Scala’s growing in popularity.

  8. Why a center? So, Scala’s growing in popularity. More so

    than data science, actually
  9. Why a center? So, Also a top-5 most loved language!

    Developer Survey 2016, >50k participants
  10. Why a center? So, But unlike other equally successful open

    source programming languages and frameworks, until now, we’ve had no nonprofit vendor-neutral steward. Lightbend does a great job guaranteeing stability of the Scala 2.x compiler. But Scala is bigger than the 2.x compiler alone. It needs more attention elsewhere too: Libraries Community/ecosystem Dotty Alternate back-ends
  11. Focused on: Open source community 1. 2. Education is The

  12. is The For the good of all Community = all

    of us
  13. O u r m i s s i o n

    Independently guide and support the entire Scala community. Coordinate and develop open source libraries and tools for the benefit of the overall Scala community. Provide deep, quality, and freely available educational materials for Scala.
  14. Focused on: Open source community 1. 2. Education is The

  15. Education

  16. Education For the good of all have over 400,000 registrations

    to date Our Scala MOOCs on Coursera… serve as the main free educational resource for learning Scala have the highest completion rates across all MOOCs their size
  17. Education For the good of all have over 400,000 registrations

    to date Our Scala MOOCs on Coursera… serve as the main free educational resource for learning Scala have the highest completion rates across all MOOCs their size http://www.katyjordan.com/MOOCproject.html
  18. Education For the good of all have over 400,000 registrations

    to date Our Scala MOOCs on Coursera… serve as the main free educational resource for learning Scala have the highest completion rates across all MOOCs their size http://www.katyjordan.com/MOOCproject.html
  19. Education For the good of all have over 400,000 registrations

    to date Our Scala MOOCs on Coursera… serve as the main free educational resource for learning Scala have the highest completion rates across all MOOCs their size
  20. Education For the good of all Coming soon: 4 courses

    A new Scala Mini-degree offered on Coursera * * called a “specialization” on Coursera one capstone project composed of: 2 NEW courses! (a significant 4-5 week long final programming project.)
  21. Launching on Coursera’s new platform! On demand! No more waiting

    for a twice yearly 7-week session to start!
  22. None
  23. Individual unverified courses: Verified certificates & mini-degree: FREE! paid

  24. Automated-grading Featuring Our automated graders make a return for more

    assignments in more courses! Correctness Scala style don’t use vars! did you consider all corner cases? Checking:
  25. Education For the good of all the courses: Functional Programming

    Principles in Scala 1. 2. 3. 4. Functional Program Design in Scala Parallel Programming Big Data Analysis in Scala and Spark NEW NEW Taught by: Taught by: Taught by: Taught by: MARTIN ODERSKY MARTIN ODERSKY guest lecturer: erik meijer Viktor Kuncak, Aleksandar Prokopec hEATHER MILLER
  26. Functional Programming Principles in Scala The MOOCs understand the principles

    of functional programming 1. Taught by: MARTIN ODERSKY 6 weeks! write purely functional programs, using recursion, pattern matching, and higher-order functions combine functional programming with objects and classes design immutable data structures reason about properties of functions understand generic types for functional programs topics: Functions & evaluation Higher order functions Data & abstraction Types & pattern matching Lists Collections
  27. Functional Program Design in Scala The MOOCs recognize and apply

    design principles of functional programs 2. Taught by: MARTIN ODERSKY Erik Meijer guest lecturer: 4 weeks! design functional libraries and their APIs competently combine functions and state in one program topics: For expressions & monads Lazy evaluation Functions & state Timely effects understand reasoning techniques for programs that combine functions and state write simple functional reactive applications (Futures!)
  28. Parallel Programming The MOOCs basics of parallel computing and parallel

    program analysis What are we going to teach? 3. Taught by: Viktor Kuncak Alex Prokopec task-parallelism, basic parallel algorithms data-parallelism, Scala parallel collections data structures for parallel computing Task- & data-parallelism. But mostly data-parallelism. 4 weeks!
  29. Big Data Analysis with Scala and Spark The MOOCs basics

    of Spark’s programming model 4. Taught by: Heather Miller 3 weeks! What are we going to teach? Data-parallelism extended to the distributed case nitty gritty: how does the Spark programming model differ from familiar programming models like shared-memory parallel collections? manipulate data with Spark and Scala express algorithms for data analysis in a functional style recognize how to avoid shuffles and recomputation in Spark
  30. When will they start? So, May 23rd (planned) Courses 1-3

    arriving: Please visit http://scala.epfl.ch and leave your name/email. If you’d like to stay informed about our MOOCs,
  31. Open source

  32. Open source For the good of all Much can be

    improved! The Scala Center seeks to: Substantially grow our community of open source contributors. Coordinate and direct the open source development of libraries/tools of broad benefit to the community. Provide scaffolding to help community develop, publish, find, and evaluate Scala libraries. Improve the landscape of Scala’s libraries.
  33. our Philosophy

  34. Grow contributor communities For a manageable handful of initiatives, ensure

    that: Hardware/infrastructure is available 
 (fund it!) Projects are managed, larger goals broken into pieces for anyone to help with At least 1-2 Scala Center staff members always engaged and participating throughout development Give contributors control! open source project management
  35. Grow contributor communities For a manageable handful of initiatives, ensure

    that: Hardware/infrastructure is available 
 (fund it!) Projects are managed, larger goals broken into pieces for anyone to help with At least 1-2 Scala Center staff members always engaged and participating throughout development Give contributors control! wE WANT: Maximum benefit for the entire community of individual community members’ efforts. Work together to grow something we can all depend on. eND GOAl: Grow teams of close-knit core contributors/ committers to Scala Center projects, consisting of Scala Center staff and folks from the overall Scala community.
  36. Grow contributor communities Weekly 30 minute project meetings How do

    we ? Dedicated slack channels per project Concise, direct to the point, discuss outcomes, plan each members’ next steps. Sync on each others’ availabilities. Great for: always being able to ask questions, broadcasting daily wins, never getting stuck, + sharing the occasional meme :) Project management and contributions
  37. How does it work? v the Scala Center

  38. Funding? EPFL to provide seed funding for 2 employees. 


    Revenue share from the MOOCs. Donations from industrial partners. To grow beyond 2, (mostly for MOOCs) The Scala Center has been created as an independent, non-profit organization within EPFL. Our independence from commercial interests is protected by statute through the Swiss Federal restriction that our funding must be made as charitable donations for us to receive contributions in their entirety, not linked to any particular initiative. This ensures objectivity in and accountability for our decision-making and allows us to focus on our overall mission: to benefit all Scala users.
  39. Funding? EPFL to provide seed funding for 2 employees. 


    Revenue share from the MOOCs. Donations from industrial partners. To grow beyond 2, What do corporate members get for their donation? The right to stay in the loop, a guarantee of progress from us, and the ability to make recommendations about areas that need attention. Every recommendation must be for the good of all.
  40. How does it work? Scala Center representatives We discuss the

    Scala Center’s progress on its initiatives. Advisory board Community representative(s) We discuss areas of concern that might need attention. We vote on what we think is most important. Corporate representatives We are committed to being fully transparent! voting members
  41. None
  42. Our first advisory board meeting 3 main recommendations by the

    advisory board: Clarify Scala to Dotty migration path Took place yesterday! 1. 2. Improve governance of community processes (e.g., SIP/SLIP) Ensure continuity of Scala.js project 3.
  43. What about Lightbend? Orthogonally! Easy. We work together. Lightbend will

    still maintain the stable Scala release. We’ll start with libraries and the Scala ecosystem. Dotty To stay orthogonal, other areas of focus may include: Alternate backends; Scala.js, Scala Native (?)
  44. started w h a t W e ’ r e

    g e t t i n g with getting (First projects)
  45. What do Node, Haskell, and Rust have in common that

    Scala doesn’t? First, a question:
  46. A package index! You shouldn’t have to be a good

    salesperson to get your library used. We should help make it easier users find your libraries!
  47. A package index! You shouldn’t have to be a good

    salesperson to get your library used. We should help make it easier users find your libraries! We want to give a voice to great projects without the need for marketing + publicity
  48. Scaladex A package index for Scala. Info from POMs, GitHub,

    StackOverflow, & more! Based off of published Scala libraries Scala versions 2.10 and up! You can update configuration info + add a “Scala community” badge for GitHub README. Introducing… A map of the known Scala ecosystem!
  49. A package index for Scala. Info from POMs, GitHub, StackOverflow,

    & more! Based off of published Scala libraries Scala versions 2.10 and up! Travis-like decentralized configuration + “Scala community” badge for GitHub README. A map of the known Scala ecosystem! Scaladex Introducing… Put a nice UI on it! Show more meaningful bits of information! We’ve crawled maven, and collected all known Scala libraries + linked to GitHub Next steps: Status:
  50. Scaladex Scaladex team: Jon Pretty Joris Beau Guillaume Massé Salar

    Rahmanian Who’s behind it?
  51. Scaladex Scaladex team: Jon Pretty Joris Beau Guillaume Massé Salar

    Rahmanian Who’s behind it? Scala Days Berlin (planned) Release:
  52. Scaladex We can parse and display important information from open

    source build files, e.g., this library uses –Xexperimental Using “dependents” we could show how widely used a library is. “used by” other published libraries, that is. Licensing info can be upfront! imagine all of the things we can do with this!! We could imagine adding the entire Scala ecosystem to the Lightbend community build to catch all regressions so you don’t have to! Linking between documentation modules together!
  53. On the radar Initiatives

  54. Separating out core and platform Our compiler has stabilized, but

    our libraries have frozen along with it. We want to open up libraries to everyone, in the form of a small core and a batteries-included platform. scala-library.jar scala-core.jar scala-platform.jar If it’s a must-have library for most projects, and if it’s maintained, ship it with the Scala Platform. e.g, ScalaTest
  55. Do you know JSFiddle?

  56. Do you know JSFiddle?

  57. Wouldn’t it be great if people could learn Scala this

    way!?
  58. Wouldn’t it be great if people could learn Scala this

    way!? soon we can! ScalaFiddle
  59. ScalaFiddle Think JSFiddle, but for Scala instead. Link to interactive

    ScalaFiddles in SO questions + answers! Can be used for questions/answers on mailing lists and StackOverflow Can be used as in-browser REPL on scala-lang.org Can be embedded in documentation for interactive docs too! Great for blogs, tutorials, or even in-house docs!
  60. ScalaFiddle Scalafiddle team: Otto Chrons Jason Calvert Heather Miller Help

    needed!
  61. SIP/SLIP Process Our first answer to the suggestion to improve

    the governance around Scala community processes! Our goal: rework the process, rebuild excitement, make this process actually work! Starting next month, we’ll take the process over. More soon!
  62. Strengthen J O I N U S & H E

    L p u s Scala’s foundation
  63. Trond Bjerkestrand Corey Minter Ahmad Ragab Kei Nakazawa Samuel Halliday

    Matic Potočnik Shane Delmore Kingsley Davies Jatin Puri and more…
  64. How you can help. PRs more welcome than cash! If

    you’re a scala shop, Beyond the warm and fuzzy feeling it gets you to contribute back to your language and ecosystem, Why? not only does your fix cycle back and help you and others in your company but being involved in open source is a great for visibility and recruiting!
  65. Beyond the warm and fuzzy feeling it gets you to

    contribute back to your language and ecosystem, Why? not only does your fix cycle back and help you and others in your company but being involved in OS is a great way for visibility and recruiting! How you can help. PRs more welcome than cash! If you’re a scala shop, Allow your developers to spend some time giving back to Scala and its ecosystem! Whether that means developing your own open source Scala library to contribute to the overall Scala ecosystem, or by contributing code back to Scala. Anything helps.
  66. Talk to us! Get in touch! We’re listening!

  67. http://gitter.im/scala/center Join our gitter channel, and speak up! Talk to

    us! Get in touch! But, really… Or reach out to Bill Venners, the Scala Community Representative! Bill Venners Artima, Inc. @bvenners scala.center@epfl.ch or by email
  68. Thank you!