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Mastering Julia by Malcolm Sherrington

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What makes Julia special

Julia, as a programming language, has made rapid progress since its launch in 2012, which is a testimony to the soundness and quality of its design and coding. It is true that Julia is fast, but speed alone is not sufficient to guarantee a progression to a main stream language rather than a cult language.

Indeed, the last few years have witnessed the decline of Perl (largely self-inflicted) and a rapid rise in the popularity of R and Python. This we have attributed to a new breed of analysts and researchers who are moving into the fields of data science and big data and who are looking for tool kits that fulfill their requirements.

To occupy this space, Julia needs to offer some features that others find hard to achieve. ...

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