JVM-hosted languages: They talk the talk, but do they walk the walk?

Li, W.H., White, D.R. and Singer, J. (2013) JVM-hosted languages: They talk the talk, but do they walk the walk? In: 2013 International Conference on Principles and Practices of Programming on the Java Platform: Virtual Machines, Languages, and Tools, New York, New York, USA, 11-13 Sept 2013, pp. 101-112. (doi:10.1145/2500828.2500838)

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Abstract

The rapid adoption of non-Java JVM languages is impressive: major international corporations are staking critical parts of their software infrastructure on components built from languages such as Scala and Clojure. However with the possible exception of Scala, there has been little academic consideration and characterization of these languages to date. In this paper, we examine four nonJava JVM languages and use exploratory data analysis techniques to investigate differences in their dynamic behavior compared to Java. We analyse a variety of programs and levels of behavior to draw distinctions between the different programming languages. We briefly discuss the implications of our findings for improving the performance of JIT compilation and garbage collection on the JVM platform.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Singer, Dr Jeremy and White, Dr David
Authors: Li, W.H., White, D.R., and Singer, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 ACM
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Principles and Practices of Programming on the Java Platform: Virtual Machines, Languages, and Tools 2013
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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