Re: [ljc] Why hasn't Scala and functional programming taken off

From: Russel W.
Sent on: Friday, October 4, 2013 3:55 PM
On Fri,[masked] at 10:35 -0400, Joseph Odanmen wrote:
> I am in the finance sector so maybe I can't see how huge Scala is
> becoming. I would say however that design paradigms that are
> multi-purpose and general-purpose are the most likely to be widely
> accepted. This is where OO and Java have succeeded the most. I can't
> say the same for Scala and FP.

Parts of the finance sector is exactly where Scala and Python are
replacing Java for large parts of the systems.

Scala isn't just FP it is also OO. This isn't an OO/FP war, that was
fought in the 1980s and both sides lost. This is about how to admit the
FP influences into our JVM-based lives.  I suspect we will be using OO
for architectural things and FP for lower level implementation things
from now on. It all about the synthesis of the two, and Scala is blazing
a trail(*).

For those people worried about the complexities of Scala, try Ceylon of

(*) One first attempted by FOOPLOG in the 1980s.
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