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Last weekend our conference train got rolling again. A group of twelve synyx guys and gals boarded the ICE to our capital, heading for the Berlin Expert Days, a nice and small two-day developer conference. The anticipation was high as the topics and speakers were promising and we were looking forward to having a nice time inside and outside of the conference.

Talks

The following talks were my (highly subjective) Top 3 of the conference:


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CoffeeScript

Vert.x supports JavaScript through the Rhino JavaScript engine. Although JavaScript is a decent language once you get to know it, I prefer CoffeeScript, a language that compiles to JavaScript. Luckily, vert.x has built-in support for CoffeeScript, so I can use it nearly transparently. You will only notice the JavaScript under the hood when reading stack traces, which will refer to the compiled JavaScript file.


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Event-Driven Concurrency

At synyx, we are looking at vert.x for an upcoming project where we are building a system that will need to scale under load. The tag-line of vert.x is effortless asynchronous application development for the modern web and enterprise, which fits the bill, so I decided to play around with it a little bit.