New Adventures with Play, Scala, and Akka at Typesafe

Today I’m heading out on a new adventure at Typesafe, the company behind Play Framework, Scala, and Akka!

The past year and a half at Heroku have been really amazing. Not only have I enjoyed teaching others about Heroku, I’ve enjoyed my own frequent use of Heroku. It says something when a technology switch makes one never want to go back to the way it was done before. This is the experience that I (and many others) have had with Heroku. I can’t imagine going back to managing servers and painful deployments. I’m certainly a Heroku Evangelist for Life, but it’s time for a new adventure.

Typesafe is assembling a platform that is quickly becoming the foundation for next generation software. Working with the Typesafe technologies has been a delight and has opened my eyes to the future of scalable software. To build more scalable applications we need better programming models for asynchronous and concurrent code. Web applications are also transitioning to a modern Client/Server architecture where the Client is executed in the browser via JavaScript and the Server is RESTful JSON services.

The Typesafe Stack brings together a scalable foundation and a modern web framework to form a platform that is perfect for the next generation of software. I’m incredibly excited to continue learning Play, Scala, and Akka while also helping other developers do the same!

Working at Heroku has been a magnificent adventure and I’m sad to see it end. I will certainly continue showing off Heroku and using it myself, especially combined with the Typesafe Stack!

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  • http://wilmoore.com/ Wil Moore III

    Congrats sir.

  • Tink

    Congrats in the move!

  • http://pbell.com PeterBell

    Wow – congratulations! Guess I’ll have to get serious about learning Play now to see why it was enough to make you jump ship from Heroku (which I’m also a huge fan of!)

  • RPR

    The Book Of Josh was ahead of its time.

    • http://www.jamesward.com James Ward

      I’m not sure what that means.

  • http://www.facebook.com/igor.ruzanov Igor Ruzanov

    Good luck!

  • Chet Haase

    Good luck with the switch. On to other web technologies I don’t understand!

  • Andy Czerwonka

    Congratulations James!

  • http://twitter.com/mraible Matt Raible

    Awesome news James – congrats! I hope Play/Scala/Akka turn out to be more like Heroku and less like Flex. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/javaHelena Helena Hjertén

    Great news ! Congrats, and enjoy!

  • http://twitter.com/starbuxman Josh Long

    Dude! Congratulations on the move! Look forward to seeing you on the road, still!

  • Dave Briccetti

    Welcome to the Scala community, James!

  • jeff risk

    Welcome to the Scala community.jeff risk

  • martin zoldano

    James, happy for you and your new endeavor, congrats!

  • http://twitter.com/mikkelbd Mikkel Dan-Rognlie

    Congrats on the move. Enjoyed your work on the Java platform for Heroku and the many examples in different Java frameworks deployed to Heroku



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