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17 January 2011, 08:59

EU funds open source language Scala

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As proudly reported in the developer blog for the programming language, Scala creator Martin Odersky will soon be able to double the size of his team. Over the next five years the group of developers working at Switzerland's EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) will be receiving €2.3 million from the European Research Council. The goal is to overcome the challenges of parallel programming, which is becoming increasingly important as multi-core and multi-processor systems become more widespread.

A functional, object-oriented programming language based on Java and .NET, Scala includes some constructs for parallelisation from the outset. A paper by Odersky states that the EU funding will mainly be provided for the definition of domain-specific languages (DSLs) in libraries.

The developers of Scala say that the funding ensures the further development of the open source programming language over the long term.

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