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Oooooo.... Clojure. Along with Scala, this was one of my most anticipated languages (mainly because of the JVM integration). Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, which is a very old family of programming languages. Most of the syntax is just parentheses.Continue Reading
Chapter 5 of 7 Languages in 7 Weeks is on Erlang. Erlang is a functional language with a strong focus on concurrency and reliability. Its syntax is based on Prolog (i.e. it's weird). The author described it as a language that "makes easy things hard, and hard things easy".Continue Reading
Just crossed the halfway point of 7 Languages in 7 Weeks with Scala. This is a hybrid object-oriented and functional language. It's a JVM based language, and provides interoperability with existing Java code. Like, Java it has strong static typing. Unlike Java, Scala can infer types in many cases, removing a lot of extra typing. For example in Java:Continue Reading
Next up in 7 Languages in 7 Weeks was Prolog. This is a logic programming language. Your "code" defines facts and rules, and then executes queries on them. It's all declarative, you don't ever see the algorithm that Prolog uses. It's a very different way of thinking, since you are just describing the problem, and asking Prolog to solve it for you.Continue Reading