Scala is a functional and object oriented programming language built on the JVM. Scala Native takes this language, loved by many, and brings it to bare metal. Scala Native is an optimizing ahead-of-time compiler and lightweight managed runtime designed specifically for Scala.
Denys Shabalin (dennis shuh-blin) is a Research Assistant at the EPFL and the primary creator of Scala Native. In this episode, Adam Bell interviews Denys about the motivations behind the Scala Native project, how it was implemented and future directions. He also briefly touches on how Scala Native made cold compilation times of Scala code twice as fast. If you are interested in functional programming, compiler design, or want to learn some interesting tidbits about garbage collector design and trade offs you will like this episode.
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