Scala: A New Programming Language

While surfing different Java Forums I today came across, Scala. My first impression was what is it, yet another programming language! But when I read about it in some blogs and visited its site I really could not stop welcoming Scala on my blog space.

Let’s see what Scala says about itself:

Scala is a general purpose programming language designed to express common programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way. It smoothly integrates features of object-oriented and functional languages, enabling Java and other programmers to be more productive. Code sizes are typically reduced by a factor of two to three when compared to an equivalent Java application.

Many existing companies who depend on Java for business critical applications are turning to Scala to boost their development productivity, applications scalability and overall reliability.

Some of the key features of Scala are:

  • It offers seamless integration with Java. Scala program runs on JVM as they get converted into bytecode (.class files) after compilation. Java and Scala are interoperable and hence can be easily integrated.
  • IDEs like Eclipse, NetBeans and Intellij support Scala.
  • Scala also supports .NET Framework.

Some of the companies who have chosen Scala are Twitter, Reaktor, Siemens.

Hope to post my first experience with Scala soon,

Kamlesh

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