Bill is known to Scala users as:
- creator of ScalaTest, a popular open-source test framework first released in 2008, as well as other tools and libraries such as Scalactic
- co-author of the first Scala book, Programming in Scala (Artima)
- founder of Artima, which continues to publish Scala-themed books, and hosted Scala-themed blogs and forums which were important in spreading the news about Scala in its early years
- friendly and tireless conference-goer, presenter, and trainer
The Bagwell Award is named in honor of Phil Bagwell, who passed away in 2012. In a 2012 blog post, Martin Odersky remembers Phil and his special place in the Scala community.
Past winners of the award: