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Loyola CS faculty to hold Scala workshop at SIGCSE 2014

The workshop entitled Scala for Introductory CS and Parallelism, a joint submission by Dr. Mark Lewis from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and Drs. Läufer and Thiruvathukal from Loyola University Chicago, will be held at the SIGCSE 2014 symposium on computer science education.

Abstract: Scala is one of a new breed of hybrid languages with both object-oriented and functional aspects. It happens to be the most successful of these languages coming in at #12 on the Red Monk language ranking and leading all languages in their 2nd tier.

This workshop will introduce participants to the Scala programming language, how it can be used effectively in introductory CS courses, and the parallel tools that are available for it. We begin with simple examples in the REPL and scripting environment, then look at doing larger, object-oriented projects. We finish off with an exploration of composable futures and the Akka actor library. Participants are strongly recommended to bring a laptop. 

Intended Audience: Anyone who teaches introductory CS courses or does parallel work and has an interest in Scala.

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