Back to the roots, functional style - Lambda Days 2015

Back to the roots, functional style - Lambda Days 2015

February is over, so it was a high time to open the conference season in 2015 already ;P Due to practical reasons I carefully track such events that happen in Poland (not much to be tracked, but the number is increasing from year to year) - that's how I found myself in Cracow on 26th of February, the 1st day of Lambda Days, relatively less known conference dedicated to functional programming. You can find all the details about the idea of this conference on its website, but there's one thing worth mentioning -> during the second day of Lambda…

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Scalding - functional data processing using Scala & Hadoop

Producing a lot of data doesn't bring value by itself, even if data actually makes sense. Storing a lot of data doesn't bring value by itself either. The ability to process all this data is the key to bring some actual value. What is more, the processing has to: be efficient be ready for continuous adjustments, enhancements, improvements & further development Honestly, if you're dealing with relatively simple data & straightforward analysis, you don't really need sophisticated tools: we've found out that in case of Hadoop (or to be more precise: Hadoop over HDFS), a simple abstraction layer like Hive…

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Get a grasp of Scala's reactive stack - Typesafe Activator

Majority of my co-workers and acquaintances associate me (and my professional work) with the .NET stack. This association is so strong that when I tell them about my recent works with Scala/Akka, they think I'm nuts (or close to): What's the point of learning another stack if you've committed so much time and effort to master the previous one? Don't worry - I'm not going through the whole learning thing again in this post - this time I'd like to focus on something I hear pretty frequently from the fellow codecrafters: Yes, this Akka thingie looks decent and Scala…

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Scalar Conf - the first Scala conference in Poland

Disclaimer For all those who don't know me personally and read this just to learn about Scalar Conf (http://scalar-conf.com/) - I am not and I never claimed to be a Scala guru. I come from .NET world, this is my natural environment I predate within. I've stopped writing Java code for living around 2006 and I've returned to around-JVM topics about a year ago: not because I've missed Java (I honestly hate Java as a programming language), but because: I admire JVM as a platform I've fallen in love with some Open Source projects that are powered by…

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My name's Sebastian and I'm a learning addict. This is my story.

Last days of December are the best opportunity to summarize the passing year and make plans / adjustments for the next one. As last few days were kind of chill-out time for myself, I’ve made such a recap as well. The result is thrilling - it seems that I’m a hopeless junkie and learning new stuff is my heroin. I have to have an opportunity to learn and self-develop or otherwise I feel caged and limited. I’ve browsed my archives to find out that during last 12 months: I’ve read about 1.5…

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