Java vs. Scala vs. Elixir



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What is Java?

Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!

What is Scala?

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.

What is Elixir?

Elixir leverages the Erlang VM, known for running low-latency, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, while also being successfully used in web development and the embedded software domain.

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Pros

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Why do developers choose Scala?
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Why do developers choose Elixir?
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Cons

What are the cons of using Java?
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What are the cons of using Scala?
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Companies

What companies use Java?
2876 companies on StackShare use Java
What companies use Scala?
513 companies on StackShare use Scala
What companies use Elixir?
203 companies on StackShare use Elixir

Integrations

What tools integrate with Java?
65 tools on StackShare integrate with Java
What tools integrate with Scala?
13 tools on StackShare integrate with Scala
What tools integrate with Elixir?
10 tools on StackShare integrate with Elixir

What are some alternatives to Java, Scala, and Elixir?

  • JavaScript - Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
  • PHP - A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development
  • HTML5 - 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web
  • Python - Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language, comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, or Java.

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