- Scala is an object-functional programming and scripting language for general software applications. Scala has full support for functional programming (including currying, pattern matching, algebraic data types, lazy evaluation, tail recursion, immutability, etc.) and a very strong static type system. This allows programs written in Scala to be very concise and thus smaller in size than most general purpose programming languages. Many of Scala's design decisions were inspired by criticism over the shortcomings of Java.
Usage and IDEs
Just as in other programming languages like Python, you can interact with an interpreter
$ scala Welcome to Scala version 2.*.* (OpenJDK Server VM, Java 1.*.*). Type in expressions to have them evaluated. Type :help for more information. scala>
as well as simply compile and run your programs from the command line.
$ scalac HelloWorld.scala $ scala HelloWorld
Many different IDEs such as Eclipse or Netbeans offer support for Scala. The AUR package for example is available in the AUR. But you can also download an IDE that is optimized for Scala and also based on Eclipse directly from the official Scala Website.