In this article, we discuss why Go, Rust, and Ballerina are poised to be some of the next languages to dominate your enterprise development
I used to be a part of a team that developed a modern programming language targeting enterprise software. After spending two years designing, implementing, and using that programming language, I’ve moved into a different role where I became a user of many technologies, including the so-called programming language and many other modern programming languages.
“Ballerina,” a programming language designed for implementing modern, network-aware, cloud-native applications has released the GA 1.0 as of September 10th. It is a great achievement by a team of passionate individuals who spent days and nights to make this a reality. As I mentioned before, I have started using different technologies as part of my new role as a solutions architect (who build things in addition to do presentations).
Here are the three programming languages I started learning.
A language empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.
Rust in production: Hundreds of companies around the world are using Rust in production today for fast, low-resource, cross-platform solutions. Software you know and love, like Firefox, Dropbox, and Cloudflare, uses Rust. From startups to large corporations, from embedded devices to scalable web services, Rust is a great fit.
While the enterprise software battlefield is divided into Java and .Net, systems programming has been dominated by C and C++. The power and the control offered by those languages made it the ultimate choice for systems programmers to adopt. A set of passionate engineers at Mozilla wanted to go against the status quo and invent a programming language that could replace C.
That’s why they built Rust — a programming language that is as fast as C but doesn’t give you runtime bugs that crash your entire system with a segmentation fault. Rust designers have designed the language in a way so that it is safe and prevents as many runtime bugs as possible and identify them during the compile time. Rust is becoming a popular programming language outside the system programming circle because of the modern features of the language and the ecosystem they have built with “Cargo.”
Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.
If you go back five years, within the enterprise software world, you have found two sets of programmers running the show — Java and .Net programmers. Even though they kind of had a love-hate relationship with the respective languages, they were looking for a better alternative.
Go fills that gap with a bang. Go’s design decisions and the modern features made these programmers fall in love with Go, and the ecosystem they built around the language made it easier for these two types of programmers to adopt this so fast. Even though Go doesn’t have a fair share of the market (overall), it is on its way to becoming a thing in the enterprise software world.
Ballerina is an open source programming language and platform for cloud-era application programmers to easily write software that just works.
So then, why do people need “Ballerina?” Both Go and Rust are excellent programming languages to build systems with the utmost efficiency. But sometimes those systems built with Go and Rust alone cannot fulfill the requirements of the end-user. You need to connect these various systems using an integration tool. Why use a graphical editor and build integrations IF you are an efficient programmer who wants more control over what you do?
That is where Ballerina comes to the rescue. Ballerina is specifically designed to build integrations with the knowledge of network, messaging formats, protocols, data structures into the language so that you don’t need to rely on third-party libraries when integrating software.
We have seen in this post that every language has its own pros and cons. The crucial step that you need to take is the finalizing of a language.
The language should be best suited for your requirements and budgets. Therefore, plan your software development according to the advantages and disadvantages of every language. Make sure to complete this first step efficiently to gain maximum profits.
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