A few days ago I wrote that I didn’t like the tone of Rod Johnson’s Scala Days keynote address; I thought it was a downer, when it could have been much more uplifting and inspirational, while still getting across some very important points.
Some people took that the wrong way, thinking I just wanted his speech to be a “rah-rah, life is great” speech. Those people obviously didn’t read my post. I just thought his presentation was a downer -- unusual and inappropriate for a keynote -- but I also stated that he had some important points.
So today I want to take a few additional moments to say that I think all of the following points from his slides are very important:
Also, I don’t know if he said this directly or not -- I didn’t listen to his keynote again, I just scanned through his slides -- but this can also be implied:
These are all excellent and important points. If the Scala community wanted to make these points their mantra or mainfesto for at least the next year, I wouldn’t object at all; I think that would be a wonderful thing.