Scala Slides

A slim pipeline to generate sweet, sweet Scala content with scala-cli, mdoc,
and marp


GitHub Pages:

GitHub Template:

Fancy Example

Here is an example of some Scala code processed with mdoc to illustrate
how you can enhance your slides:

val addSarcasm: String => String =
  str => { s =>
      if (s._2 % 2 == 0)
// addSarcasm: Function1[String, String] = repl.MdocSession$MdocApp$$Lambda$1926/0x00000008012a9220@1952ad9d

addSarcasm("Sarcasm is hard to convey on the internet.")
// res0: String = "SaRcAsM Is hArD To cOnVeY On tHe iNtErNeT."

Tools Used

  1. mdoc - Typechecked markdown documentation for Scala
  2. scala-cli - Command-line tool to interact with the Scala language
  3. marp - The Markdown Presentation Ecosystem

The Process

The overall process is straightforward:

  1. We write our (marp) presentation in a markdown file, and annotate the scala
    code we want mdoc to process.
  2. We run our scala-cli script, which uses mdoc to process the markdown
  3. We run marp on the processed markdown file, and it generates our slides.

These tools can be installed/used in several configurations. This repo/example
uses a package.json to manage marp, and the build script. I've opted to use
scala-cli vs the mdoc cli directly, but once you are familiar with the tools
and their options, you can make set up things how you see fit.


To tell mdoc to evaluate something, you add scala mdoc to the code fence.
For example, here is the the code fence from the previous slide un-processed:

```scala mdoc
val addSarcasm: String => String =
  str => { s =>
      if (s._2 % 2 == 0)

addSarcasm("Sarcasm is hard to convey on the internet.")

The contents of our scala-cli script is not very fancy. We mainly set the
input/output files to be processed:

//> using scala "3.2.1"
//> using lib "org.scalameta::mdoc:2.3.6"

import mdoc.MainSettings
import java.nio.file.Paths

val settings: MainSettings = mdoc



Marp (also known as the Markdown Presentation Ecosystem) provides an intuitive
experience for creating beautiful slide decks. You only have to focus on
writing your story in a Markdown document.

marp seems like a nice tool to make a slide deck without a lot of fanfare. You
can make a presentation in a single markdown file, titles start with a # and
pages are separated with ---. See the next slide for an example based off of
the one from their site.

marp layout example

theme: gaia
_class: lead
paginate: true
backgroundColor: #fff

# **Marp**

Markdown Presentation Ecosystem


# How to write slides

Split pages by horizontal ruler (`---`). It's very simple! :satisfied:


# Slide 1



# Slide 2


GitHub Pages

Since we're using a node based project for marp, and scala-cli, there are
some convenient actions we can use to also deploy our slides right to GitHub
Pages via GitHub Actions.

Who doesn't love staring at some deployment YAML?

  - uses: actions/checkout@v3
  - uses: coursier/cache-action@v6
  - uses: VirtusLab/scala-cli-setup@main
  - uses: actions/setup-node@v3
      node-version: 16
  - name: Build Slides
    run: yarn install && yarn build

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