Dean Wampler discusses the state of Scala: the big changes in 2.8, the Scala on .NET, concurrency and parallelism with Scala and Akka, and experiences with adoption of functional languages.
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.
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.
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.
This interview begins with a discussion of functional programming, the use of Scala by programmers trained in Java and the differences between purely functional languages like Haskell and hybrids like Scala. Later in the interview other programming languages are discussed along with the notion of programming paradigms and the need for combining both paradigms and languages to best solve problems.
Doug Lea talks to InfoQ about the evolution of the Fork/Join Framework, the new features planned for java.util.concurrent in Java 7, and the "Extra 166" package. The interview goes on to explore some of the hardware and language changes that are impacting concurrent programming, and the effect the increasing prevalence of alternative languages in the JVM are having on library design.
In this interview filmed during QCon London 2008, Joe Armstrong, designer of Erlang, speaks on various aspects of the Erlang language, presenting its roots, how it compares with other languages and why it has become popular these days due to its native ability to scale on multi core systems.