Popular ways to connect with the Scala community include forums, chat rooms, local user groups, and conferences.
The community is also the source of many libraries, tools, and other resources around Scala.
Who’s behind Scala?
Scala was created by Prof. Martin Odersky.
The Scala language and associated websites are cooperative projects of the Scala Center at EPFL, the Scala 3 team in Martin’s research group (also at EPFL), the Scala teams at Lightbend and VirtusLab, and the Scala community more broadly, with participation from many companies, organizations, and individuals.
Scala 2 maintenance is primarily handled by the Lightbend team. They also participate in Scala 3 development.
VirtusLab focuses on infrastructure and tooling for Scala 3.
The Scala Center focuses on education (especially online courses), documentation, open source community outreach, and tooling. Community participation in all of these efforts is strongly encouraged.
The Scala Center operates two Discourse forums:
users.scala-lang.org: The main forum for questions, discussions, and announcements about programming in Scala. Beginner questions are very welcome. Any question can and should receive a courteous and insightful answer. (Replaces the old scala-user and scala-announce groups.)
contributors.scala-lang.org: For anything related to moving Scala forward; from Scala Platform library discussions, to Scala Improvement Process discussions, to development work on the Scala compiler, standard library, and modules. Core maintainers and open-source contributors are both welcome, as well as those who want to see what’s coming down the pipe and would like to be involved. (Replaces the old scala-internals, scala-language, scala-debate, scala-sips, and scala-tools groups.)
Discourse is an open-source forum and mailing list platform. You can participate via the web, or you can use “mailing list mode”, where you receive posts in your inbox and can reply to them via email. The web interface provides statistics, upvoting, polls, and other features. Posts can be written in Markdown, including syntax highlighting.
These forums are covered by the Scala Code of Conduct.
Lightbend operates a Discourse forum as well:
- discuss.lightbend.com: For discussion of reactive architectures, Akka, Play, and related tooling including sbt.
Employers and job seekers can find each other in the #jobs channel of the Scala Discord.
Job postings are not allowed in our other forums and chat rooms.
Our main chat platform is Discord, and the main Scala server is:
- the #scala-users channel is especially beginner-friendly
- the #scala-contributors channel is about moving Scala forward
- the #jobs channel is the only place we allow job postings
- ask on #admin if you have questions or suggestions about the server itself
- there are many other channels, including #spark, #scala-js, and #scala-native
The server is covered by the Scala Code of Conduct.
Alternate clients such as Element are supported
via a Matrix bridge. Connect to
#scala-lang:matrix.org to access the main Discord channel, or explore
#scala-space:matrix.org to see channels from all over the Scala community (many are bridged in from other places like Discord, Gitter, or IRC).
Scala-oriented Discord servers operated by the community include:
- IntelliJ: the IntelliJ IDEA development environment
- Scalameta: Scalameta-based tooling: Metals, Scalameta, Scalafix, Scalafmt, and Mdoc
- Play Framework: the Play web framework for Scala and Java
- Typelevel: the Typelevel ecosystem for pure-functional programming in Scala
English-language Scala rooms on other chat platforms besides Discord include:
International chat rooms are available as well:
- scala/cn (Gitter)
- scala/fr (Gitter)
- scala/it (Discord)
- scalajp (Gitter)
- scala_ru (Telegram)
- Scala Ukraine (Telegram)
Note also that Stack Overflow offers languages other than English, for example the scala tag on es.stackoverflow.com.
Group organizers can talk to each other on Scala User Group Organizers.
See our events page.
Volunteers organizing free introductory Scala programming workshops for underrepresented groups, to improve diversity in the Scala community.
Scala is an active topic on Stack Overflow, a very popular programmer Q&A site.
There is a large and active Scala community on the /r/Scala subreddit.
Sources of Scala News
- Scala Times weekly Scala newspaper
- #ThisWeekInScala weekly Scala newspaper
- Scala Love Podcast about the Scala programming language and its community
- The Scala Logs Podcast with interviews with developers, open source contributors, subject matter experts, and the like
Many Scala users are active on Twitter for sharing Scala-related news items and opinions. Ask your Scala friends who they follow on Twitter (besides @scala_lang!).
Community-Powered Learning Resources
- Scala Exercises
- Scala School
- Scala Puzzlers
- Scala Cookbook
- Interactive Tour
- Functional programming course/exercises
- Scala Online Courses
- Best Scala Tutorials On YouTube
Community Libraries and Tools
- Scaladex, maintained by the Scala Center, is “an index of the known Scala ecosystem”
- Awesome Scala is “a community driven list of useful Scala libraries, frameworks and software”
- Typelevel.org provides an assortment of popular libraries and extensions to Scala.
- Trending Scala repositories on GitHub
- Scala Native compiles Scala code to LLVM for native execution
- Scala on Android community site
The Scala Center
- The Scala Center is an open source foundation that brings together a coalition of individuals and organizations working together to contribute to Scala.
Scala open source
Want to start making open-source contributions to projects in the Scala ecosystem?
Scaladex lists projects welcoming contributions.
Also, on GitHub, a common convention is to use the label “good first issue” on issues that are especially easy on-ramps to getting started in a particular repo:
- “good first issue” tickets: GitHub link
And, some repos also use a “help wanted” label if the maintainers especially desire contributor attention:
- “help wanted” tickets: GitHub link
Phil Bagwell Memorial Scala Community Award
The Phil Bagwell Memorial Scala Community Award is given to individuals who have made significant efforts to grow the Scala Community.
Read-only archives of these retired groups remain available.