Free Report: The Adventurous Developer's Guide to JVM Languages

Java 8, Scala, Groovy, Fantom, CloJure, Ceylon, Kotlin, Xtend

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Why do we need so many JVM languages?

JVM Languages

It's 2013 and you have over 50 JVM languages to choose from for your next project. But even if you can name more than a dozen or so, are you going to pick a new one for your next project?

"Most people talk about Java the language, and this may sound odd coming from me, but I could hardly care less. At the core of the Java ecosystem is the JVM."  - James Gosling, Creator of the Java Programming Language (2011, TheServerSide)

Nowadays it's easier than ever to create a new language with support from tooling like Xtext and ANTLR. Many new JVM languages have emerged as a result of limitations and disadvantages, either for creative individual coders or the masses, perceived in existing JVM languages, historically Java.

New JVM language developers feel as though their work is a result of existing languages either providing too limited functionality for their needs or too much functionality, leading to overweight or complex languages. Software development spans across such a wide range of appliances, so the usefulness of a language is frequently determined based on how relevant it is to a specific task, or how generic it can be across a larger area. All of which leads to development libraries and frameworks.