Archive for January, 2010

Scala and Lift – Status after six months

There are many choices to be made when starting a new project. In this post I’ll try to explain our technology choices and the experience we’ve had so far.


One of the nice things about starting a new project in a startup is the freedom of choice when it comes to selecting platform and tools. You can spend an awful lot of time mulling between the different choices, but in the end, it is usually not the choice of programming language that kills a startup.

First, a little background. I’ve been programming for more than 15 years in C++,VB,C#, Java,Perl & PHP. The last 5-6 years it has been mostly enterprise Java. When I started at my last job (another startup) we had a product implemented in Java that we turned into a SaaS platform. The core remained in Java  and much of the web frontend was implemented in PHP. I really liked the productivity we got out of PHP as compared to the Java code. Very fast turnaround times. But somehow the language/platform doesn’t really  turn me on.
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