keeping promise in sbt


build.sbt is a DSL for defining a task graph to be used for automatic parallel processing. The message passing among the tasks are expressed using something.value macro, which encodes Applicative composition (task1, task2) mapN { case (t1, t2) => .... }.

One mechanism I've been thinking about is allowing some long-running task1 to communicate with task2 midway.


cached compilation for sbt


The notion of cached compilation or remote cache has been around for a while now, but often it required the setup has not been easy. If we can bake build-as-function feature into basic tool chain such as Zinc and sbt, Scala community in general can benefit from it to speed up the build.

Even for open source projects, if Travis CI publishes into Bintray or something, the contributors might be able to resume compilation off of the last build.

The PR for sbt change is sbt/sbt#5534, and the virtualization change in Zinc is sbt/zinc#712.

about me

I am Eugene Yokota (@eed3si9n on Twitter and GitHub), a software engineer with years of experience working on Scala tooling. I've been lead sbt maintainer since 2014, former Tech Lead of the Lightbend Tooling Team, and Principal Engineer on the Scala (Compiler) Team (See 6 years at Lightbend for details). I'm passionate about improving developer experience on and off the work, and like to tinker with ideas both through coding and this blog as my personal platform.

sbt 1.3.10


I'm happy to announce sbt 1.3.10 patch release. Full release note is here -

Normally changing the project/ to


would be ok. However, given that the release may contain fixes to scripts and also because your initial resolution would be faster with *.(zip|tgz|msi) that contains all the JAR files, we recommend you use the installer distribution. They will be available from SDKMAN etc.

Zinc 1.4.0-M1


I've just released Zinc 1.4.0-M1. Note this is a beta release and it won't be compatible with future 1.4.x, but I chose a commit fairly close to 1.3.x so it should be usable.

parallel cross building, part 3


sbt-projectmatrix 0.4.0 came pretty close, but there are some issue I ran into when I tried to use it in a real project. First is the lack of % syntax.

It's fairly common for subprojects to depend only from Test configuration, or depend on Compile from Compile, and Test from Test. 0.5.0 adds % to make this possible.

lazy val app = (projectMatrix in file("app"))
  .dependsOn(core % "compile->compile;test->test")
    name := "app"
  .jvmPlatform(scalaVersions = Seq("2.12.10"))
lazy val core = (projectMatrix in file("core"))
    name := "core"
  .jvmPlatform(scalaVersions = Seq("2.12.10", "2.13.1"))

Another feature that's available to Project is .configure(...) method. It takes a vararg of Project => Project functions, and applies them in order. Since some of the builds I deal with uses .configure(...) this helps me migrate from Project to ProjectMatrix.

6 years at Lightbend

I joined Lightbend (then Typesafe) in March, 2014. After six incredible years April 7, 2020 was my last day at Lightbend. I am grateful that I got the opportunity to work with an amazing group of people at Lightbend, partners, customers, and various people I got to meet at conferences. Looking back, before COVID-19 times, it's almost surreal that I was flying to Europe, Asia, and North America every few months to attend conferences and tech meetings.

user-land compiler warnings in Scala, part 2


Last week I wrote about #8820, my proposal to add user-land compiler warnings in Scala. The example I had was implementing ApiMayChange annotation. This was ok as a start, but a bit verbose. If we want some API status to be used frequently, it would be cool if library authors could define their own status annotation. We're going to look into doing that today.

bianlu plant-based hotpot

You know those big napa cabbage no one is probably buying?

They make a tasty stew called 扁炉 (bianlu or "pienlo") supposedly from Guangxi region in China, and has a cult following in Japan. I make a vegetarian version of it.

user-land compiler warnings in Scala


As a library author, I've been wanting to tag methods in Scala that can trigger custom warnings or compiler errors. Why would I want to intentionally cause a compiler error? One potential use case is displaying a migration message for a removed API. A week ago, I sent #8820 to scala/scala proposing the idea of @apiStatus that enables user-land compiler warnings and errors.

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