If you keep regular tabs on science and tech news, you probably have come across the buzz of a new programming language, Julia. You might wonder why so many people are excited about Julia. Today, in this video, we will talk about Julia and why it might be the next vital programming language.
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As a programmer, you might know that every single programming language is a trade-off. Some are perfect for some aspects but are terrible for others. For example, Python is good for general programming but R is easy for statistics. C is faster while Ruby is more dynamic. Perl is natural for string processing, Matlab has familiar mathematical notations but, Lisp has true macros.
And, if you work on multiple domains like scientific computing, ML, data mining, parallel computing etc., you may want a programming language that will possess all these best features while still maintaining the simplicity and be as fast as C. Well, this might seem greedy, but this has been made possible with Julia.
With a high-level syntax, Julia was designed for high performance right from the beginning. To maintain the performance, they compile the Julia programs into native code through LLVM. It uses multiple dispatch paradigm that lets you follow both object-oriented as well as functional programming patterns.
Being a dynamically-typed language, it gives you the feel of a scripting language along with rich descriptive datatypes to solidify your programs. Julia also provides you with the distributed power of Hadoop without boilerplate Java and XML. You also get the power without immense complexity and, you don’t have to scroll through gigabytes of logs to find bugs.
But that’s not all, Julia provides features like asynchronous I/O, debugging, profiling, logging, package management and more. It also maintains the usability and efficiency of the tools it provides. Julia has proper packages and tools for your every need like Visualization, General Purpose programming, Data Science, ML, Scientific and Parallel Computing.
With a very good ecosystem, Julia is a free, open-source programming language under the MIT License that has a high-level syntax for everyone’s use while being relatively as fast as the C language.
So, what do you think of Julia? Do you feel excited to give it a try? Please, let us know in the comments section and Stay Knotted for more.