In fall 2010 Michael Stephens from Manning contacted me about writing a Scala Book. I was working for a small virtualization/security startup where I had been learning Scala and applying it to our codebase. During that first conversation Michael and I discussed the Scala ecosystem and what kind of a book would best serve the community.

I believed Scala needed a “practical Scala” book to help guide those new to the language. Scala is a beautiful language, but it brings many new concepts to the table. I had watched as the community slowly discovered best practices and a code style that was wholly “Scala.” But I wasn’t sure whether I was the right person to write such a book. When it came down to it, I was passionate about the topic, had ...

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