Are you waiting for closures in Java 8 or hoping for more type inference in Java 9? Thinking about switching to Scala or even holding your horses for Ceylon or Kotlin? How about keeping Java where it seems fit, but replacing just its outdated parts with a concise and modern language? What about an enhancement to Java instead of yet another attempt to hire a killer.
Xtend is an an open-source programming language hosted at Eclipse.org and built for Java developers. It reuses Java's keywords, terminology and concepts as much as possible, but abandons some dead freight at the same time. Xtend is a very powerful alternative for implementing Java classes and works great with all the existing libraries. Since the language can be seen as a little complementary add-on to Java, it offers many modern language features that you are currently missing in your daily work. Xtend comes with a variety of goodies reaching from type inference over closures and extension methods up to smart string interpolation that make development great fun again. And of course there is powerful Eclipse IDE tooling available.
In this session we will demonstrate why Xtend is so great for everyday programming. You will get an introduction to the seamless integration with the Eclipse Java IDE and an impression of the expressiveness and conciseness of the language.
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