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Get Programming With Scala: Scala's future

 
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Hi,
Do you think Scala has a long future like Java? There was what seemed a mad rush a few years ago of Java developers learning Scala to get the highest paying jobs but that seems to have calmed down now and I rarely see Scala jobs coming up in my industry (finance) and when they do the rates are comparable with Java. In my current role there is 1 Scala application and 149 Java applications and the Scala one looks like Java code written in Scala - probably not a good example!
 
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Hi Will,
I wouldn't be writing a book on Scala if I didn't believe that Scala has a long future ahead! ;)

Scala, like any other language, can be written in a good and in a bad way -- it's up to us to learn how to write GOOD Scala code.
There are obviously more Java developers on the market that Scala ones (i.e.: it is easier to find a Java developer than a Scala one), but the demand for Scala developers is growing every day more and more thanks also to tools like Spark and Akka.

My personal experience is that in the London market (that is where I am currently based) the rates for Scala jobs are way higher than Java jobs -- simply because Scala developers are harder to find and require more specialized skills.

Cheers,
Daniela
 
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