All these new programming languages are one and the same – they all promise faster, smart programming, with fewer bugs. Claims that are not to be ignored. However, you and your business haven’t got the time or the budget to waste on a language that fails to live up to its hype.
To save you from descending into a languages wormhole, leaving you more confused than when you started, here are five emerging programming languages that look set to have a “bright future”, according to TechBeacon.
Elm has a reputation for never throwing runtime exceptions, while it’s also lauded for having a “legendarily” helpful compiler.
Rust, a system programming language, has three primary design goals: safety, speed and concurrency. Its unique features include a static analysis tool that reads your code and stops compilation if it could cause a memory error.
Crystal, a general-purpose programming language, promises to be “Fast as C, slick as Ruby”. Its motto fits with it design goals, which were to have a syntax like Ruby and to be statically type-checked but without having to specify the type of variables or method arguments. Some of Crystal’s distinguished features include its use of Channel inspired by CSP to achieve concurrency.
Elixir has been available since 2012 and is a general-purpose functional language thatpromises productivity, scalability and maintainability. It compiles to bytecode that runs on the Erlang Virtual Machine (BEAM), which powers many massive, high-availability low-latency systems. Elixir’s syntax and toolchain draw inspiration from Ruby, while it’s unique features include pattern matching and hot-swappable code.
I’m aware that I’ve only just scratched the surface on what these new programming languages can offer you and your business. Hopefully, though, it’s given you some idea of which emerging languages might be worthy of your time.
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