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Groovy vs Hack: What are the differences?

Groovy: A dynamic language for the Java platform. Groovy builds upon the strengths of Java but has additional power features inspired by languages like Python, Ruby and Smalltalk. It makes modern programming features available to Java developers with almost-zero learning curve; Hack: A programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP. Hack provides instantaneous type checking via a local server that watches the filesystem. It typically runs in less than 200 milliseconds, making it easy to integrate into your development workflow without introducing a noticeable delay.

Groovy and Hack belong to "Languages" category of the tech stack.

"Java platform" is the primary reason why developers consider Groovy over the competitors, whereas "Interoperates seamlessly with php" was stated as the key factor in picking Hack.

Groovy is an open source tool with 1.49K GitHub stars and 414 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Groovy's open source repository on GitHub.

Starbucks, Cask, and PedidosYa are some of the popular companies that use Groovy, whereas Hack is used by Facebook, Slack, and Wizters. Groovy has a broader approval, being mentioned in 79 company stacks & 73 developers stacks; compared to Hack, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of Groovy
Pros of Hack
  • 42
    Java platform
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    Much more productive than java
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    Concise and readable
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    Very little code needed for complex tasks
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    Dynamic language
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    Nice dynamic syntax for the jvm
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    Very fast
  • 6
    Easy to setup
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    Can work with JSON as an object
  • 5
    Literal Collections
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    Supports closures (lambdas)
  • 2
    Syntactic sugar
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    Optional static typing
  • 2
    Developer Friendly
  • 6
    Open source
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    Interoperates seamlessly with php
  • 5
    Backed by facebook
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    HHVM
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    Great documentation
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    Generics
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    PHP like
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    Used by facebook
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    Great type system
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    Fast
  • 0
    Easy to learn

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Cons of Groovy
Cons of Hack
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    Groovy Code can be slower than Java Code
  • 1
    Objects cause stateful/heap mess
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    What is Groovy?

    It is a powerful multi-faceted programming language for the JVM platform. It supports a spectrum of programming styles incorporating features from dynamic languages such as optional and duck typing, but also static compilation and static type checking at levels similar to or greater than Java through its extensible static type checker. It aims to greatly increase developer productivity with many powerful features but also a concise, familiar and easy to learn syntax.

    What is Hack?

    Hack provides instantaneous type checking via a local server that watches the filesystem. It typically runs in less than 200 milliseconds, making it easy to integrate into your development workflow without introducing a noticeable delay.

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    Java
    Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. There are lots of applications and websites that will not work unless you have Java installed, and more are created every day. Java is fast, secure, and reliable. From laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere!
    Scala
    Scala is an acronym for “Scalable Language”. This means that Scala grows with you. You can play with it by typing one-line expressions and observing the results. But you can also rely on it for large mission critical systems, as many companies, including Twitter, LinkedIn, or Intel do. To some, Scala feels like a scripting language. Its syntax is concise and low ceremony; its types get out of the way because the compiler can infer them.
    Kotlin
    Kotlin is a statically typed programming language for the JVM, Android and the browser, 100% interoperable with Java
    Python
    Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.
    Gradle
    Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
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