In this interview Martin Odersky, the creator of the Scala language talks about work on the next version of Scala and how the functionalities in the JVM help make Scala better. Odersky touches on how some of the most popular entities on the web, such as Twitter and LinkedIn use Scala. And he discusses the complexity of the language and its role as a functional and object-oriented language.
Paul King discusses the state of Groovy and its maturing ecosystem which includes IDE support, static analysis tools, testing frameworks and the GPars library for concurrency.
Rich Hickey explains the ideas behind Clojure 1.2's new polymorphism constructs deftype and protocols. Also: Clojure 1.3 features such as faster arithmetic and future features like Pods.
In this interview, Google’s Josh Bloch shares his views on the open-source Java landscape as well as on the future of the Java language, including changes being implemented via Project Coin. Bloch also discusses support for multi-core in programming languages, support for multiple languages on the JVM, Java pain points and the “next big language.”
Mariano Guerra talks about Efene, a new language that targets the Erlang VM, which attempts to provide nicer syntax than Erlang.
Functional programming experts Simon Thompson and John Hughes discuss functional programming in today’s computing environments, particularly through the use of the Erlang and Haskell languages. In addition to debating the intricacies of both languages and their similarities and differences, Thompson and Hughes also discuss the growing popularity and maturity if functional programming.
Kresten Krab Thorup and Robert Virding discuss the origins of Erlang, the state of the Erlang VM, integrating native code with Erlang etc. Also: the challenges of running Erjang/Erlang on the JVM.
Ralph Johnson and Joe Armstrong discuss the state of OOP, what Smalltalk got right/wrong and the image concept. Also: Joe decides he likes OOP as long as its done the Erlang way: focused on messaging.
Dan Ingalls explains the ideas that went into Smalltalk, how it was developed at Xerox PARC, the ideas that went into Squeak, and his latest project the browser-based Lively Kernel.
Kresten Krab Thorup talks about the Erjang project and explains the challenges of bringing Erlang to the JVM, using Kilim for lightweight processes, the implementation of tail recursion and much more.
Jim Coplien, co-creator of Data, Context and Interaction (DCI) architecture, covers a variety of topics including DCI, the importance of language support for DCI and the state of Agile development. Coplien has championed the DCI architecture with Trygve ReensKaug, the inventor of the Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture, which separates data and its processing from presentation.
Evan Phoenix discusses the path towards Rubinius 1.0, the status of the work on the JIT, optimizations in Rubinius and more.