In October 2011, I presented a talk at the 2nd meeting of the (then) new ScalaSyd Meetup. I talked through the “Top 10 Reasons Java Programs Envy Scala” in an attempt to give Java developers a taste of some little things that could make them much more productive if they switch to Scala.
Interestingly, in almost 4 years, very little has changed. Yes, Java 8 now has lambdas, but the standard collections library still makes very little use of them, forcing you to convert any collection to a stream before lambdas can be used, and pretty much nothing else mentioned in the talk has made its way into Java SE. People are still writing up lists of how to use Java better, but the fact is that a lot of Java best practices are either built into or easier to achieve in Scala.
Anyway, if you want get the real scoop on Java vs Scala and hear what all the Scala kids are raving about:
- hit play on the SoundCloud recording below, and then
- follow your way through the Prezi below that.
Should this talk leave you fired up to learn Scala, you might want to have a look at my guide to learning Scala. If you’d like to have a look at the code examples used in the talk you can get them on GitHub.