will Julia become the new R?

Julia is turning two this month. It’s supposed to be as fast as C and as easy as Python. Here’s what people have been saying about it:

38-page Hacker News discussion of Julia’s pros and cons, comparisons to Python, R, Matlab/Octave, etc.

“Julia breaks down […] the wall between your high-level code and native assembly.”

“The Julia code takes around 8 milliseconds to complete, whereas the R code takes around 4000 milliseconds.”

Julia has powerful abstractions and good performance

If you are curious you can try Julia online before you install it.