Russian post is here.
There's good article in Linkedin engineering blog - "Play Framework: async I/O without the thread pool and callback hell". As you could guess it's about programming on Scala using Play Framework. :) - starting from event-driven vs threaded programming model, but after that it says how Scala-specific things could help avoid of event programming flaws like callback hell etc.
What if you don't know Scala language? You can master it using fun game Scalatron - you'll need to write bots which will compete in a virtual arena for energy and survival.
Martin Odersky himself bring second iteration of Functional Programming Principles in Scala course on coursera.org from March 25, you still have time to sign in. It's quite intresting and not very hard - it was possible even for me to finish it (although with not very great results :)
IMHO Scala is quite intresting language. I think it's somewhat similar to Perl, but not about syntax, it's about... I don't know.. impression? It's also quite brief (especially comparable to Java) and powerful.