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Play for Scala by Peter  Hilton
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May 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: making-things, read_2012, scala
Read from May 28, 2012 to June 29, 2013

Full disclosure: I was the technical proofreader for this book. Before you yell at me for anything I missed, please know that I was called on at the very last minute to help out. Nonetheless, I did the best I could in the time provided, hand-entering most of the examples directly to make sure they worked as expected. Also, while I will be getting compensated for my proofreading of this book, my earnings are not dependent on its success or failure.

Having said all that, I highly recommend this book if you're looking for an introduction to the Play Framework from a Scala perspective (there is also a Java-based book with a similar purpose being published by Manning later this year). There are certainly things it leaves out, such as testing (a big oversight, as Debasish has pointed out in a recent tweet), embedding in existing SBT projects, etc. But for a mostly comprehensive understanding of the core functionality, this book is very useful. It's also well-written, providing clear explanations where things might not be entirely obvious. It does assume some familiarity with Scala and having exposure to Akka, which Play uses for various purposes and provides as a utility for the user of the framework, would be helpful, but one does not need to be an expert in either to find this book useful.
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Reading Progress

05/28/2012 "Reading this as part of Manning's MEAP program."
05/29/2012 "Hmm, not really sure how to track my status here since the book isn't done. I guess I'll track percentage against the final expected page count."
06/03/2012 page 90
30.0% "Decided to switch to the actual page count for my updates, assuming the 300 page approximation for the final book is good enough."
06/05/2012 page 130
43.0% "Finished the material available so far and I'd say this one is a keeper. I have some fairly minor nits to pick and would say it's not for Scala beginners. But if you have some familiarity wish Scala and want to learn Play, this is definitely a solid introduction."
06/17/2012 page 170
57.0% "Waiting for more material to be available..."
06/15/2013 marked as: currently-reading
10.0% "Agreed to be the technical proofreader for this, so it's back on the reading list. Going to have to speed through this -- I'm guessing they lost a proofreader who had already been lined up. Going to post percentages based on chapter count, since the manuscript I have doesn't have a single, total page count readily available (it's broken by chapters and I'm too lazy to do the math)."
06/29/2013 marked as: read
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