Intro to Play Framework - Making Java & Scala Web App Development Fun

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The Play Framework takes the pain out of Java and Scala web app development. This session will use live coding and demos to walk you through getting started with Play! 1.2.x and the latest Play 2 prerelease. You will also learn how to build a browser client with HTML5 & JavaScript, create JSON services, connect to back-end databases and deploy to the cloud.

James Ward

James Ward ( is a Principal Platform Evangelist at James frequently presents at conferences around the world such as JavaOne, Devoxx, and many other Java get-togethers. Along with Bruce Eckel, James co-authored First Steps in Flex. He has also published numerous screencasts, blogs, and technical articles. Starting with Pascal and Assembly in the 80’s, James found his passion for writing code. Beginning in the 90’s he began doing web development with HTML, Perl/CGI, then Java. After building a Flex and Java based customer service portal in 2004 for Pillar Data Systems he became a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe. In 2011 James became a Principal Developer Evangelist at where he taught developers how to deploy apps on the cloud with Heroku. From Fall 2012 to Spring 2014 James was a Developer Advocate at Typesafe where he created Typesafe Activator and led the Reactive Software vision. James tweets as @_JamesWard and posts code at