A year ago I vaguely new something about Scala. Today I’m not an expert, but I’m reasonably proficient in Scala, with some experience in Lift, Slick, and some incursions in akka. I knew almost nothing about devops, and now I use almost everyday AWS, ansible and docker.
- Akka is nice, but about [Spark](https://spark.apache.org/) and [Hadoop](http://hadoop.apache.org/) (as a way to, broadly speaking, distribute load. Yes, I know they are completely different beasts).
- Lift is an interesting concept, but what about going the other end with [Futures](http://twitter.github.io/effectivescala/#Twitter's standard libraries-Futures)-based Twitter-sponsored lightning fast [Finatra](http://finatra.info/)?
- Jquery is OK, but now I'm reading about Google sponsored [AngularJS](https://angularjs.org/) and Facebook's [React](http://facebook.github.io/react/). [Bootstrap](http://getbootstrap.com/) is great, but did you know about [foundation](http://foundation.zurb.com/)?.
- Granted [gradle](https://gradle.org/) is great (much better than SBT in my inexperienced opinion, even though after Pivotal shuting down their Groovy development, the future is a bit uncertain), But did you know anything about [bower](http://bower.io/) (again different beasts, bower is only for front-end technologies).
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