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From Marcin Mejran’s answer via Quora: If you mean the API then it depends. First of all, performance won’t most likely matter since it’s almost all Scala under the hood for Spark and you can always use more machines to make up for anything else. Learning curves can be overcome and Spark’s Scala API is rather simple. Ease of use is a toss up honestly and probably the key point to
Functional languages encourage practices and patterns that can simplify concurrent programming. Scala, Clojure, and Akka are functional tools built on the Java Virtual Machine.
Jessica Kerr is a functional developer on the JVM. She currently works at Monsanto. At QCon San Francisco, she will be giving a talk called Contracts in Clojure: Settling Types vs. Tests.