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Alternative Languages on the JVM

Java is great, but is there anything out there better? This talk will cover languages that some think are better than Java, but still take advantage of the JVM.

• Kotlin (Dan Lindeman)

• Clojure (Jeremy Anderson)

• Scala (Nathan Brinks)

• Groovy (Kevin Greene)

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  • Cedric H.

    Hi all, thanks for your immense patience on the recordings. They are now live at the following links:

    Kevin Greene on Groovy:
    Dan Lindeman on Kotlin:
    Nathan Brinks on Scala:
    Jeremy Anderson on Clojure:


    P.S. Speakers, feel free to let me know if I have out-of-date titles or companies, I was just going off of LinkedIn info which is sometimes stale.

    2 · October 21

    • Dan L.

      Looks great Cedric! Thanks so much for posting these!

      October 26

    • Carlus H.

      Wow...thank you sir!!!

      October 30

  • Benjamin F.

    Fun and interesting

    August 19

  • Jeremy A.

    Fun and informative.

    August 18

  • Dan L.

    So, as Mike Langdon pointed out, in my talk I claimed that Kotlin had been out a full year longer than it actually has. Turns out it 1.0'd in February of THIS year.

    Also, because it is a much better and thorough talk on Kotlin:

    August 18

  • Carlus H.

    Tonight we are hosting the GRJUG Alternative Languages on the JVM at the SpinDance Grand Rapids location. Unfortunately, if you use Google for directions, you may find yourself in a maze of confusion. The SpinDance Grand Rapids location is located within an industrial park. If you use the directions, it will take you to a Gymnastics / Ballet Club. If you are coming from Cascade, and you turn down Gilbraith, turn right when you see the small Watermark sign. Read the signs to find the building addressed 1595.

    I will be waiting for you outside.

    Good luck.

    August 17

  • Carlus H.

    Regarding how to enter SpinDance:

    As you park your car, you will see an entrance with an awning. That is the entrance that you want to use. Unfortunately, that door is probably going to be locked. Please feel free to post here once you arrive or follow the instructions on the posting at the door.

    August 17

  • Jeremy A.

    I may be a little bit late to the show. I have to drop my son off at football practice on the way.

    August 16

    • Kevin G.

      No worries. I think it makes sense to present from most similar to Java to least similar, so the lineup should be Groovy -> Kotlin -> Scala -> Clojure

      August 16

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