Learning new languages has always been a part of our jobs as software developers. We’ve had a pretty long streak with Java and C#, but it’s time to move onward and take advantages of more expressive languages, like Scala. I’ve written an article for Artima, “A Business Case for New Languages: The Benefits of Scala over Java“, and I hope that business leaders will be encouraged to talk to their staff about how their product development might benefit from moving to Scala. And, it’s timely. Bill Venners and Dick Wall, of Escalate Software, will be in town to hold a public training course on Scala the week of May 22. They will take you from novice to fully comfortable in the language in that 1 week. I’m looking forward to it!