clickheat Extreme Programming Club: August 2008

The Yorkshire Extreme Programming and Agile Methods Club

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Our meetings are held on every second Wednesday of each month at Victoria Hotel Pub in Leeds city centre at 7.00pm.
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Scala, Lift and the future of club's webiste


FIRSTLY: if you have attended our last meeting, or would like to join our new mailing list and take a part in a prize draw, please sing-up to the list or send me an email me at work. The prize drawn every month is a personal license to one of the product by JetBrains, as they are our new club sponsor.

Now few details about Scala:
Here is the official Scala's website, where you will find documentation (nice PDFs by the language author - Martin Odersky), and the latest builds.
For the .NET community, here are two(1,2) links explaining ho to run/use Scala on the .NET platform
Then have a look at the Scala's web framework called Lift.

The details of the source control server are still to follow.

Thank you!

Next meeting is all about XP Club's New Website

On Wednesday, 13th of August at our usual place we are going to discuss our new website communally developed by the club members. We are going to do it in a proper Agile way with the backlog of user stories, short iterations, product owner and so on.

Our development team (us) have decided to use Scala and its web framework called Lift.

Lift claims to be as easy as Ruby On Rails, yet offering better performance, easiest Ajax integration, ORM support, and security out of the box, so we are all excited about the future work in such environment.

Scala runs on both JVM and Microsoft's CLR, so we can accommodate more of developers out there.

On our next meeting we are going to decide on the set of requirements and potentially divide them into more manageable chunks/stories and we will also try to present the development environment based on Linux machine, using JVM and Eclipse.

Also we are going to try supposedly simple testing problem brought to our attention by one of the club members Ralph Williams and in general have a nice and relaxed networking social event.

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