Saturday 24 June 2017
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Can This Be a Possible End to the Functional Programming Debate?

The debate regarding which is better—.NET or Java keeps getting a new dimension every time someone poses a question. While there are developers who are familiar with both sides and use each loyally, there are some who are well-aware of each’s advantage and would not mind making a choice when it comes to availing the benefits of the best features that these offer.

While there is no perfect “yes” or “no” answer to the question regarding, which is better, there is a possibility of just listing down which one does what better. A definite answer would require considering multiple facets which might be too much to do. However, listing the pros and cons is easy and would not require much information.

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Functional Programming

Functional programming in developing refers to creating structures that would come together to form a computer Software. It makes use of functions which are written in programming languages of choice. While some developers prefer focused languages like Lisp, other prefer universal options like Java and .NET.

Java vs. .NET for Functional Programming

Developers who are experts in functional programming look for a few things when deciding the functional language. Modularity and composability remains on the top of the list for all functional developments. The prime aspects remain to be support for Lambda and also integration. These are the factors that we will analyze to decide which is better.

The first important aspect to consider is that Java 8 supports Project Coin and Lambda which adds a feather in the cap for Java as a functional language. Considering functional programming as a mathematical equation and focusing the programming on balancing the equation is the core of functional programming.

In .NET, the developers have to look for options and use either C# or F# to make use of the lambda functions. This in itself is a dilemma for developers in the beginning and might be considered a downside for .NET. The Java 8 has made immense improvements in terms of the expressions and functions and if you had ever given Java a try for the functional programming before and given up. Try it once more and this time, you would not regret.

In terms of the micro-services, .NET has an upper hand. Developers unanimously agree that integration is better in .NET in comparison to Java. This, however, does not imply that Java is bad with respect to integration. The benefit that .NET developers get because of compatibility with Azure takes the integration experience to the next level which is what all programmers desire for.

The Verdict

In my opinion, Java wins the battle here because it is slightly more advanced in terms of the features and compatibility features. Depending on the end expectations of the Software that you are developing, Java outsourcing company is more likely to be versatile in comparison to .NET which has limited advantages over Java. Let us know which functional language are you likely to choose and why in the comments section below.

Vijay is a compulsive blogger who likes to educate like-minded people on various new technologies and trends. He works with Aegis SoftTech as a software developer and has been developing software for years. Stay Connected to him on Facebook and Google+.