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Vala? Are you kidding me??

Real Name of Submitter: 
Zeeshan Ali (Khattak)
Company or Project Affiliation: 
Red Hat, Inc.
Short Bio: 

Zeeshan Ali is a Senior Engineer at Red Hat, Inc and a GNOME developer. He lives in Helsinki, Finland. He started as a GStreamer plugin and application developer and got his first share of fame in the GNOME community for his video-whale project. For the past three year, he had been obsessed with UPnP/DLNA and in turn the GUPnP and Rygel projects. Recently (after joining Red Hat), he has been more into SPICE project and Virtualization world in general.

Talk Abstract: 

Vala is a programming language that aims to bring modern programming language features to GNOME developers without imposing any additional runtime requirements and without using a different ABI compared to applications and libraries written in C. Although Vala is a very awesome language and have been around for a few years already, people are still either scared of it and/or still think of it as highly unstable. In this talk, the speaker will attempt to alleviate these fears and shed some light on the most useful
features of this language by sharing a short summary of his two years' experience with this language. Common pitfalls in the Vala world and ways to avoid them will also be discussed in this talk.