Akka vs Scala: What are the differences?
Developers describe Akka as "Build powerful concurrent & distributed applications more easily". Akka is a toolkit and runtime for building highly concurrent, distributed, and resilient message-driven applications on the JVM. On the other hand, Scala is detailed as "A pure-bred object-oriented language that runs on the JVM". Scala is an acronym for “Scalable Language”. This means that Scala grows with you. You can play with it by typing one-line expressions and observing the results. But you can also rely on it for large mission critical systems, as many companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn, or Intel do. To some, Scala feels like a scripting language. Its syntax is concise and low ceremony; its types get out of the way because the compiler can infer them.
Akka and Scala are primarily classified as "Concurrency Frameworks" and "Languages" tools respectively.
"Great concurrency model" is the primary reason why developers consider Akka over the competitors, whereas "Static typing" was stated as the key factor in picking Scala.
Akka and Scala are both open source tools. It seems that Scala with 11.8K GitHub stars and 2.73K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Akka with 9.99K GitHub stars and 3.03K GitHub forks.
Groupon, Soundcloud, and Foursquare are some of the popular companies that use Scala, whereas Akka is used by Asana, Kifi, and ContentSquare. Scala has a broader approval, being mentioned in 436 company stacks & 315 developers stacks; compared to Akka, which is listed in 75 company stacks and 54 developer stacks.
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