Java vs. Swift vs. Scala



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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 Swift?

Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.

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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Pros

Why do developers choose Java?
Why do you like Java?

Why do developers choose Swift?
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Why do developers choose Scala?
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Cons

What are the cons of using Java?
Downsides of Java?

What are the cons of using Swift?
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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 Swift?
1119 companies on StackShare use Swift
What companies use Scala?
513 companies on StackShare use Scala

Integrations

What tools integrate with Java?
65 tools on StackShare integrate with Java
What tools integrate with Swift?
13 tools on StackShare integrate with Swift
What tools integrate with Scala?
13 tools on StackShare integrate with Scala

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

  • 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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