Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Transitioning to Scala

From late 2011 to early 2014 I was a lead developer at Nurun Toronto, a digital agency focused on e-commerce solutions. Facing a pipeline of new projects with nothing but Spring in one hand and Java in the other, I realized that it was time to quickly explore alternatives.

Working at an agency puts things in perspective. Fucking up a contractual deadline because “Java sucks” isn’t going to impress clients. Using the same tools and techniques we used to build applications back in 2004 won’t help us build applications in 2014. In 2004, restarting an app server to test a single line of code was perfectly acceptable — WebSphere’s average 120 second restart time was considered a good opportunity to grab a coffee while pondering the mysteries of a 1,200 line XML configuration file. Today that kind of waste will put an agency or a developer out of business.

Our applications are no longer simple forms sitting in front of database tables, they’re invaluable tools that help us get shit done in our daily lives.

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