Java Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Java for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is Python, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Java and many of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Java are JavaScript (Free, Open Source), C++ (Free, Open Source), C# (Free, Open Source) and PHP (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 25, 2021

    1. .NET Core is a cross-platform free and open-source managed software framework similar to .NET Framework. It consists of CoreCLR, a complete cross-platform runtime implementation of CLR, the virtual machine that manages the execution of .NET programs.
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    2. Tcl (originally from "Tool Command Language", but conventionally rendered as "Tcl" rather than "TCL"; pronounced as "tickle" or "tee-see-ell") is a scripting language created by John Ousterhout.


    3. Groovy is an agile and dynamic language for the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
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      The Objective-C language is a simple computer language designed to enable sophisticated object-oriented programming. Objective-C is defined as a small but powerful set of extensions to the standard ANSI C language.

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      Replaced by Apple Swift

    4. Raku unifies many great ideas that aren't usually found in other programming languages. While several other languages offer some of these features, none of them offer all.
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    5. A compiled language with Ruby like syntax and type inference Language goals: - Have a syntax similar to Ruby (but compatibility with it is not a goal) - Statically type-checked but without having to specify the type of variables or method arguments.
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      Elixir is a dynamic, functional language designed for building scalable and maintainable applications.
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      V is a statically typed compiled programming language designed for building maintainable software. It's similar to Go and is also influenced by Oberon, Rust, Swift.
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      Object Pascal is a multi-paradigm, object-oriented, component-based general purpose programming language.
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      Wajinn Object Pascal doesn't force Class based OOP, and allows for alternatives like Records. As a Hybrid language, programmer has choices on how to use OOP. Does not have the multiple inheritance/diamond problem with OOP like other languages. Easier language to learn and understand. Cross compiles to many different OSes. As fast as C/C++.
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    6. JRuby is a 100% Java implementation of the Ruby programming language running on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM).
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