Xebia Predict Big Things for Scala in 2010


Agile consultants Xebia predict a considerable rise in the use of Scala in 2010.

Xebia cites the adoption of Scala by companies like LinkedIn and Twitter, in addition to adoption by more “traditional” companies like Siemens, as positive indicators for Scala’s 2010 success. In a press release, Xebia point to Scala’s compatibility with Java and its underlying middleware, as a big plus in the programming language’s favour: “Reutilization of existing Java software and middle ware, without the need to adapt anything, is guaranteed.” Using existing middle ware and infrastructure is cost effective and means that making the transition from Java to Scala, is usually a relatively smooth process.

Java developers moving onto Scala, are not required to learn all new possibilities of the language which, to Urs Peter, senior consultant at Xebia, is another big positive. “Scala is a powerful and effective language and the low threshold for switching to it makes it very attractive for companies to develop software in a more effective and efficient way” concludes Peter.

2009 was a good year for Scala. At the project’s official blog, it was reported that eight times more Scala compiler downloads were being made from the Scala-lang site at the end of 2009, than in 2008. The TIOBE index placed Scala as the 27th most commonly-searched for programming language in the March edition of its monthly Programming Community Index.

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