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Java 8 vs Scala: What are the differences?

What is Java 8? *A development environment for building applications *. It is a revolutionary release of the world’s no 1 development platform. It includes a huge upgrade to the Java programming model and a coordinated evolution of the JVM, Java language, and libraries. Java 8 includes features for productivity, ease of use, improved polyglot programming, security and improved performance.

What is Scala? 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.

Java 8 belongs to "Java Tools" category of the tech stack, while Scala can be primarily classified under "Languages".

Scala is an open source tool with 11.8K GitHub stars and 2.75K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Scala's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Scala has a broader approval, being mentioned in 437 company stacks & 324 developers stacks; compared to Java 8, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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Finding the best server-side tool for building a personal information organizer that focuses on performance, simplicity, and scalability.

performance and scalability get a prototype going fast by keeping codebase simple find hosting that is affordable and scales well (Java/Scala-based ones might not be affordable)

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I've picked Node.js here but honestly it's a toss up between that and Go around this. It really depends on your background and skillset around "get something going fast" for one of these languages. Based on not knowing that I've suggested Node because it can be easier to prototype quickly and built right is performant enough. The scaffolding provided around Node.js services (Koa, Restify, NestJS) means you can get up and running pretty easily. It's important to note that the tooling surrounding this is good also, such as tracing, metrics et al (important when you're building production ready services).

You'll get more scalability and perf from go, but balancing them out I would say that you'll get pretty far with a well built Node.JS service (our entire site with over 1.5k requests/m scales easily and holds it's own with 4 pods in production.

Without knowing the scale you are building for and the systems you are using around it it's hard to say for certain this is the right route.

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Decisions about Java 8 and Scala

We needed to incorporate Big Data Framework for data stream analysis, specifically Apache Spark / Apache Storm. The three options of languages were most suitable for the job - Python, Java, Scala.

The winner was Python for the top of the class, high-performance data analysis libraries (NumPy, Pandas) written in C, quick learning curve, quick prototyping allowance, and a great connection with other future tools for machine learning as Tensorflow.

The whole code was shorter & more readable which made it easier to develop and maintain.

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Pros of Java 8
Pros of Scala
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      Static typing
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      Pattern-matching
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      Jvm
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      Scala is fun
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      Types
    • 95
      Concurrency
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      Actor library
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      Solve functional problems
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      Open source
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      Solve concurrency in a safer way
    • 44
      Functional
    • 24
      Fast
    • 23
      Generics
    • 18
      It makes me a better engineer
    • 17
      Syntactic sugar
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      Scalable
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      First-class functions
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      Type safety
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      Interactive REPL
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      Expressive
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      SBT
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      Case classes
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      Implicit parameters
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      Rapid and Safe Development using Functional Programming
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      JVM, OOP and Functional programming, and static typing
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      Object-oriented
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      Used by Twitter
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      Functional Proframming
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      Spark
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      Beautiful Code
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      Safety
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      Growing Community
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      DSL
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      Rich Static Types System and great Concurrency support
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      Naturally enforce high code quality
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      Akka Streams
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      Akka
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      Reactive Streams
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      Easy embedded DSLs
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      Mill build tool
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      Freedom to choose the right tools for a job

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    Cons of Java 8
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        Slow compilation time
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        Multiple ropes and styles to hang your self
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        Too few developers available
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        Complicated subtyping
      • 2
        My coworkers using scala are racist against other stuff

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      What is Java 8?

      It is a revolutionary release of the world’s no 1 development platform. It includes a huge upgrade to the Java programming model and a coordinated evolution of the JVM, Java language, and libraries. Java 8 includes features for productivity, ease of use, improved polyglot programming, security and improved performance.

      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.

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