R-Bloggers has recently been buzzing about Julia, the new kid on the statistical programming block. Julia, however, is hardly the sole contender for the market of R defectors, with Clojure-fork Incanter generating buzz as well. Even with these two making noise, I think there’s a huge point that everyone is missing, and it’s front-and-center on the Julia homepage:
Julia kicks ass on the benchmarks, but it also has a severe uphill battle. It’s new, it’s Linux, it’s command-line-only, and it doesn’t have support for the wide array of Statistical functionality available in R. But besides the obvious my-language-can-beat-up-your-language comparisons, notice anything interesting? Think orders of magnitude?