It’s 2012-ish and I’m in the middle of bootstrapping Typesafe, the company behind Scala. I get a call from Manning about more book ideas for Scala. At the time, I was working on one of the least understood and most important tools in the Scala ecosystem: sbt. sbt was a build tool that had some rough edges, but was amazingly powerful and elegant in its core idioms. After a quick chat with Michael Stephens at Manning, we decided to put a proposal together and see if we could find a second author. While I really wanted to see an sbt book, as the community desperately needed one, at the time my commitments at home and work were too much for a new book. This lead to us eventually finding Matthew as a second author, and I’m very glad we did. ...

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