[ANN] The Scala programming language

Martin Odersky martin.odersky at epfl.ch
Thu Jan 22 14:55:42 EST 2004

We'd like to announce availability of the first implementation of the
Scala programming language.  Scala smoothly integrates object-oriented
and functional programming. It is designed to express common
programming patterns in a concise, elegant, and type-safe way.  Scala
introduces several innovative language constructs. For instance:

- Abstract types and mixin composition unify ideas from object and
  module systems.

- Pattern matching over class hierarchies unifies functional and
  object-oriented data access. It greatly simplifies the processing of
  XML trees.

- A flexible syntax and type system enables the construction of
  advanced libraries and new domain specific languages.

At the same time, Scala is compatible with Java.  Java libraries and
frameworks can be used without glue code or additional declarations.

The current implementation of Scala runs on Java VM. It requires JDK
1.4 and can run on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Solaris, and most other
operating systems. A .net version of Scala is currently under

For further information and downloads, please visit:


Martin Odersky and the Scala team,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL).

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