In this session we will look at common misconceptions about Scala implicits, explain why they are not the devil and show how they can be used for different purposes in Scala to greatly improve your code and capabilities.
Topics covered will include:
- Implicit conversions (now part of the advanced language features)
- Implicit classes (the new black)
- Implicit AnyVals (blacker than the new black)
- Implicit Parameters for Configuration Passing
- Implicit Type Classes
Join us for a deep dive and learn how implicits are your friend, and not the enemy you thought they were.
Josh Suereth is a Senior Software Engineer at Typesafe and the author of "Scala In Depth". He has been a Scala enthusiast ever since he came to know this beautiful language in 2007. He started his professional career as a software developer in 2004, cutting his teeth with C++, STL and Boost. Around the same time, Java fever was spreading and his interest was migrating to web-hosted distributed Java-delivered solutions to aide health departments discover the outbreaks of disease. Everything from EJB to Hibernate/Spring and even some Applets. He introduced Scala into his company code base first in 2007 and soon after he was infected by Scala fever, contributing to the Scala IDE, maven-scala-plugin and Scala itself. In 2009 he began writing the book "Scala In Depth" which provides practical support for using Scala in every day applications. Today, Josh is the author of several open source scala projects, including the scala automated resource management library, the PGP sbt plugin, as well as contributing to key components in the Scala ecosystem, like the maven-scala-plugin. His current work at Typesafe Inc. has him doing anything from building MSIs to profiling performance issues. Josh regularly shares his expertise in articles and talks.