Hans W. Borchers -- September 2014
New programming languages (statically typed, compiled, using CLI, ...):
2002 Io Smalltalk, LISP; prototype-based 2003 Nemerle CLI; C#-like, LISP 2003 Scala JVM; Java, Smalltalk, ML; statically-typed 2004 Groovy JVM; Java, Python, Ruby, Smalltalk 2004 Nimrod Python, Pascal; statically-typed 2005 F# (Microsoft) CLI; C#-like, OCaml, Haskell 2007 Clojure JVM, CLR; CommonLISP, Haskell, Erlang 2009 Go (Google) C, Oberon; statically typed 2010 Rust (Mozilla) C++-like, Haskell, Erlang, CommonLISP; LLVM 2012 Julia MATLAB (, R); multiple dispatch; LLVM 2014 Swift (Apple) Objective-C; LLVM
(CLI/R = Common Language Infrastructure (.NET/Mono); JVM = Java Virtual Machine)
See also: B. A. Tate. Seven Languages in Seven Weeks. The Pragmatic Bookshelve, 2010.
Other ongoing/just started projects involving the Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM):
Python+numba, LuaJIT, Rubinius, RLLVM, Haskell, Matlab(?), ...
"Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing environments. It provides a sophisticated compiler, distributed parallel execution, numerical accuracy, and an extensive mathematical function library.
"The library, largely written in Julia itself, also integrates mature, best-of-breed C and Fortran libraries for linear algebra, random number generation, signal processing, and string processing.
"IJulia, a collaboration between the IPython and Julia communities, provides a powerful browser-based graphical notebook interface to Julia."
Julia home page: http://julialang.org/
"Julia is a new language targeted at scientific computing, which combines the high-level abstractions and dynamic interactivity of languages like Python with the performance of low-level languages like C, thanks to being designed from the beginning for efficient just-in-time compilation by LLVM. But a major challenge for any young programming language is the availability of a large ecosystem of mature libraries and tools. To overcome this difficulty, Julia is "bootstrapping" off of the Python ecosystem, both by making it easy to call Python code and also by exploiting infrastructure such as IPython/Jupyter (http://jupyter.org/).
"Although most Julia–Python interaction is from Julia users calling Python, there is potential for benefits to flow in both directions in the future. The same PyCall software that allows Julia code to call Python can also allow Python code to call Julia, with the same data-sharing and rich interactivity. And Julia code can also be compiled to C-compatible interfaces—currently, this is mainly used to pass Julia callback routines to C library functions (including libpython), but in the future the same facility should allow the generation of C-callable libraries written in Julia."
Steven Johnson at EuoSciPy 2014
See also the 4-hours "Introduction to Julia" tutorial by David Sanders at the SciPy 2014 Conference (https://github.com/dpsanders/scipy_2014_julia).
"The LLVM compiler infrastructure project (formerly Low Level Virtual Machine) is a compiler infrastructure designed as a set of reusable libraries with well-defined interfaces. It is written in C++ and is designed for compile-time, link-time, run-time, and "idle-time" optimization of programs written in arbitrary programming languages."
"LLVM is the winner of the 2012 Association for Computing Machinery System Software Award [...] and is a highly extensible compiler toolkit. LLVM is a C++ library we can integrate into R (and other languages) to generate native code for various different CPUs, GPUs and other output targets. The ability to integrate this very adaptable and extensible tool into high-level languages is a “game changer” for developing compilation tools and strategies."
Duncan Temple Lang, 2014
Special Interest Groups
ipython notebook --profile=julia
sudo python setup.py install
Roadmap Julia 0.4+
improved and user-defined help/documentation
string + I/O revamp
A 'gang' of 40+ scientific computing environments (free and commercial)
APL/J Axiom Ch Euler FLINT FreeMat GAUSS GDL Genius GMP/MPFR/MPIR gretl IDL/PV-WAVE jLab/GroovyLab Julia LabView Magma Maple Mathcad Mathematica Matlab Maxima MuPad O-Matrix Octave Ox Pari/GP Pylab[Python] R Rlab ROOT S-PLUS SAGE SAS SCaViS SciLab SciRuby Singular Speakeasy SPSS Stata Torch7[Lua] Yorick