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Jeff Bezanson’s university thesis described the motivation for a new programming language. He discussed the shortcomings of “array based programming environments” and his desire to create a more performant language with the best qualities of Lisp, Python, Ruby, Perl, Mathematica, R, and C.
The Julia Language is a high performance language designed to suit technical users that crave the flexibility to pick their own notation. The language has support for a wide variety of operators, allowing scientists to create domain specific equations that can be elegantly expressed as code.
Jeff Bezanson joins the show to discuss his motivations for Julia, and how the language has evolved since he started working on it.