PosterBooking vs. Scala

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
PosterBooking
Score 9.0 out of 10
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PosterBooking is a Whitelabel Digital Signage Platform, from the company of the same name in Manchester, that aims to change the way advertising is displayed. It makes free cloud digital signage available, using an Amazon Firestick, and lets users create a slideshow to display images and videos. The vendor can also supply media players and screens that are compatible with the PosterBooking platform.
$2
per month per screen
Scala
Score 10.0 out of 10
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Scala in Malvern, PA offers their digital signage software which provides Designer for content design, Content Manager for content organization and control, and Player for content viewing. Notably the software supports a wide array of digital signage including touchscreen kiosks and service for direct customer engagement and interaction.N/A
Pricing
PosterBookingScala
Editions & Modules
Pro Account
$2
per month per screen
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PosterBookingScala
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
PosterBookingScala
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User Ratings
PosterBookingScala
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(3 ratings)
6.4
(2 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
PosterBookingScala
Likelihood to Recommend
PosterBooking
I feel trade shows and conferences are perfect for this solution. Having this just to decorate your office is obviously a benefit as well. However, I believe the greatest value in this tool is using it for client/prospect meetings/events. I feel we can really garner their attention with subliminal messaging and showing value propositions that would be specific to that group or person.
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Scala
If you are in the data science world, Scala is the best language to work with Spark, the defacto data science data store. I think that is really the main likely reason I would ever recommend Scala. Another reason is if you already have a team of programmers familiar with functional programming, e.g. they all have years of Haskell experience. In that case, I definitely think Scala is a superior and faster-growing language than Haskell and that picking up Scala after Haskell should be quick.
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Pros
PosterBooking
  • Instant Display
  • Set Up
  • Ease of Use
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Scala
  • Organizing different playlists.
  • Coordinating content schedule and running time.
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Cons
PosterBooking
  • Web page module transitions.
  • More built-in dynamic apps.
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Scala
  • The built-in compiler, scalac, is sssssssssslllllooooowwwwww. I mean like, if you thought the Java compiler was slow, try Scala! The default compiler on my 12k line codebase takes 4 minutes to compile from scratch on my i7 quad-core machine. This can be mitigated through the paid solution of Hydra which compiles your code in parallel. Unfortunately, it's quite expensive and your legal department or finance department may not approve of it. But if they do, for me, it reduced my compile time down to 80 seconds, much more manageable.
  • Scala is not going anywhere and support for it is slowly dying. This is the main reason I would not choose Scala for my next company or project. Important Scala libraries such as secure social (which is used for OAuth, a major requirement of every web app) are hardly maintained. Another library that suffers from lack of updates is Slick, the database mapper. There aren't enough engineers working on it to even provide support for the new features that came out in Postgres 9.0 (e.g. JSONb). There is simply not enough of a community to drive Scala forward and keep 3rd party libraries up to date as Java world does it.
  • As a corollary of a stagnant community, hiring Scala developers is hard as well. Of the 30 backend engineers we've hired, only 3 came in already knowing Scala. And as I will mention below, this is a BIG problem because learning Scala is really tough.
  • The learning curve for Scala is very, very steep. Anecdotally, I came into my current company with strong Java experience. Java is the closest language to Scala but it took me 6 months before I stopped needing to pair program on easy tickets. It doesn't help that Scala has some weird syntax like Map[A, +B] and that it forces you to do functional programming.
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Usability
PosterBooking
It is easy to enroll displays into your account. After that, all of your content is centrally managed in a browser. Unlike some other services on the market, you don't need to deploy any servers or services on your local network. If you are using the Amazon Firestick implementation option, it automatically boots into that even after power-loss, meaning there's little to worry about once it has been set up, and could be managed from anywhere.
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Scala
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Support Rating
PosterBooking
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Scala
The customer service team is very responsive and usually returns calls or emails within a couple of hours of placing a request or inquiry. Just about every rep I've spoken to has been very thorough and helpful, walking me through each problem and explaining the solutions in a way that's easy to understand.
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Alternatives Considered
PosterBooking
The free version of PosterBooking was more than enough for our organization. Other software looked at we would have needed to pay for.
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Scala
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Return on Investment
PosterBooking
  • We really did not get the ROI that we COULD have in my opinion. - Didn't use it optimally
  • The technical issues really made us wary of even using it sometimes.
  • I feel this organization has great potential in this product. Just needs to be finetuned,
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Scala
  • Negative: slow engineer onboarding. As I mentioned before, it took me 6 months to get up-to-speed on Scala and didn't need to bother more senior Scala engineers anymore for help with every ticket. That's hundreds of hours I wasted of myself and other engineer's time.
  • Positive: thread safety, no concurrency bug. The ROI on this one is really hard to calculate, but I do believe Scala has saved me hundreds of hours over the past few years by allowing me to never have to worry about deadlocks or race conditions. Scala is simply so safe we've never had race conditions within the JVM before.
  • Negative: third-party libraries aren't maintained so we have to fork and update them ourselves. As I mentioned before, we use Securesocial but it stopped receiving updates and there is simply no alternative to it. So, we forked it and put an engineer on it for a month to get it back up-to-date. What a waste of his time!
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