Scala Native with Denys Shabalin

Scala is a functional and object oriented programming language built on the JVM. Scala Native takes this language, loved by many, and brings it to bare metal. Scala Native is an optimizing ahead-of-time compiler and lightweight managed runtime designed specifically for Scala.

Denys Shabalin is a Research Assistant at the EPFL and the primary creator of Scala Native. In this episode, Adam Bell interviews Denys about the motivations behind the Scala Native project, how it was implemented and future directions. He also briefly touches on how Scala Native made cold compilation times of Scala code twice as fast. If you are interested in functional programming, compiler design, or want to learn some interesting tidbits about garbage collector design and trade offs you will like this episode.

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  • mig

    This was another cool podcast, very informative.

    I actually just started learning scala and while it’s a nice language, the recurring question on my mind is… “what is the industry using scala for?”. I do see the benefit of having a robust language that gives developers the freedom to choose between object oriented & functional programming and that can apply just about everywhere.

    However, i’m trying to get a sense of how the industry is using scala. When i go looking for job listings for scala, what i see mostly is big data jobs that lean towards Apache Spark work. While i’m not against that work, i was hoping to see a wider adoption of scala.

    It would be very informative to find out how and where scala is being used in a broader sense. I’m a java buff, been doing java for 15+. Learning scala is fun, but eventually, i’d like to use it in a real word project, big data not being one of them.

    • agbell

      Hey mig,
      Glad you liked it, I was the host and am a scala developer. You can use scala wherever you would use java, I believe you can even have mixed projects where you switch over file to file. Spark is obviously huge and big data is an area where scala gets used alot. However, it is also great for building any kind of backend service or web app. See play framework, akka http for example.

  • Jeff Meyerson

    Thanks for the comment mig!

    We should do more Scala shows.