Valentin Kasas

Just a regular Scala developer with a necktie.

Valentin has come a long way from C++ programming on little machines with 4 MB of unmanaged memory to big clusters with terabytes of RAM. Along the way, he progressively abandoned his old imperative habits to embrace the functional way—a journey that seems to never come to an end.

Working with technologies that are not (yet) widely adopted is very exciting but can lead to disturbing side-effects. Being slightly ahead of the main adoption curve, you may end up as the most tenured expert in the room, while still feeling that you have so much yet to learn.

So how do you deal with that tension? How do you make your project succeed while still feeling you are just slightly less a noob than your coworkers?

Being a Scala developer for more than four years, I've been in that situation more than once. I had my share of successes and miserable failures, and I collected some valuable tips along the way, that I want to share with you during that presentation.

I may use a few examples of Scala code during the presentation, but I feel the tips I present are not specific to Scala per se.

**SPOILER ALERT** : for illustration purposes, I might use pictures taken from a famous HBO tv show (the one where beloved characters face premature death), these may constitute spoilers for people having not watched it yet.

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