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Krystian Kowalski
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Hello

I have started looking more deeper on new features in java 8 and i have to say that it's awesome ! Streams seems to be really powerfull However what do you think about future in java? A lot of backend systems are build with it, and android is really popular. I am hearing about scala more and more, what do you think about scala vs java? Or it's too hard to say what will be better and used in future to build new systems? A lot of backend systems have been build with java and someone has to maintain them, but what about new stuff ?
 
Venkat Subramaniam
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Hi Krystian,

I sincerely do not think that Java is going to disappear anytime soon. I had that doubt in the past, but with the progress Java has made recently, that's a lot less
likely to disappears, IMHO.

Having said that, Java had made something better for the entire ecosystem. There are some really wonderful languages on the JVM. With Java 8, I
think those languages are more approachable. Java 8 has raised the bar, bringing some concepts that were impractical for Java programmers to mainstream.

There are developers who have gone on to explore other languages and quite a few have adopted those languages to build production applications and enterprise systems.
However, for a vast majority of other developers, those options simply do not exist due to many reasons, both technical and non-technical. With Java 8, programmers get
to learn and experience a different, arguably a better style of programming.

This closes the gap. I believe that this can only help a more polyglot environment in the future than before.

Venkat
 
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