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General Development "Opa, a new opensource programming language aiming to make web development transparent has been publicly launched. Opa automatically generates client-side Javascript and handles communication and session control. The ultimate goal of this project is to allow writing distributed web applications using a single programming language to code application logics, database queries and user interfaces. Among existing applications already developed in Opa, some are worth a look. Best place to start is the project homepage which contains extensive documentation while the code of the technology is on GitHub. A programming challenge ends October 17th." This is weird. 'Opa' is the nickname my friends gave me 6 years ago. It's still used more often than my actual name...
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RE: GWT
by lambdaterm on Sat 27th Aug 2011 19:45 UTC in reply to "GWT"
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2011-08-26

There's a good comment on Lambda the Ultimate comparing the new web programming approaches w/ Opa:

"Hop
Hop is a dialect of Lisp, interpreted, highly-dynamic. IIRC, the project does not care much for security, concurrency, distribution. Opa is compiled, with static type inference, guarantees numerous security properties, plus offers a nice paradigm for concurrency, distribution.
Volta
IIRC, Volta is dead since 2008. From my recollection of the Volta paper, they had huge security concerns and no real idea on how to solve them. Opa solves the problems they mention. I'm afraid I do not remember much more about Volta.
Ur/web
Ur/web is focused largely on meta-programming and functional reactive programming for concurrency and user interface manipulation. By opposition, Opa does not really care about meta-programming, and is more focused on Join-calculus-style concurrency and distribution. Also, the storage mechanism of Ur/web is based on PostgreSQL, whereas Opa's storage mechanism is immediate storage of data structures, with maximal sharing.
Hilda
I am not too familiar with Hilda. However, from what I understand, the language is very much data-driven, while the core of Opa is much more like a concurrency-oriented.
GWT
GWT itself essentially covers the client-side. Vaadin, which is an extension of GWT to the server, seems closer to Opa. Also, GWT is based on Java, whereas Opa is functional+agent programming.
Links
Links and Opa are based on quite similar ideas. Similar concurrency model, similar type system, both implemented in OCaml. The main differences appear in the standard library (considerably larger in Opa), in the database (relational in Links, graph-based in Opa), and in the effort towards distribution (non-existent in Links). Also, I am under the impression that the Links project is currently on hold.
WebSharper
WebSharper and Opa are based on rather similar ideas. However, WebSharper uses F#'s type system, whereas Opa uses a structural type system, client-server distribution does not appear to be automated in WebSharper by opposition to Opa. I have no idea what the concurrency model of WebSharper is, or even if there is concurrency or server-side distribution in WebSharper.
ML5
The ML5 compiler has a very nice client/server distribution scheme that is quite similar to that of Opa, possibly more powerful at the expense of being less automated and harder to learn. Beyond this, it is hard to judge, as IIRC, ML5 is currently at the state of a (very promising) prototype, whereas Opa has been used to develop commercial applications."

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