July 23, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Real World Comparison of Scala and Clojure
Scala is Java++ or the Poor Man's Haskell
Scala and Clojure are two of the most exciting next-generation
languages for the JVM. They have each generated a lot of excitement,
innovation and discussion and both have substantial communities and
support companies behind them.
In some ways they are very different creatures: Scala uses strong
types, has come from an academic background and is influenced by ML
and Haskell; Clojure is a straight-forward port of LISP with Java
compatibility added, it has come from a pragmatic background of
Adherents of both languages tend to be unable to get past the
fundamental difference in approach regarding typing, checking and
compilation. However both share some fundamental aspects: both
represent a distillation of understanding from working with
object-orientated code, both rely on first-order functions and
functional paradigms to deliver their most distinctive advantages,
both aim to leverage an ecosystem to bring functional programming to
the mass audience it has consistently failed to do hitherto.
As someone who has and does work with both languages I want to try and
point what the real differences are between the two, what they have to
learn from one another and speculate about what the future might look
like in the world of "Enterprise".
We will, as always, also be heading to the Slaughtered Lamb pub afterwards.
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