Ballerina: the new language for software development

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Ballerina is one of the latest tools for easily developing new software, and we love it. Like Dark, the new language, Ballerina, is not yet widely known or discussed. However, as we’ll see, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on this language.

The essence of Ballerina is to facilitate the creation of distributed applications and middleware.


Middleware is an intermediate layer that aims to facilitate communication and the exchange of data between several applications. It’s essentially a facilitator; a technical system that is positioned between the operating system and the application layer, or in other words the applications. Its role is to help software and other applications interact together smoothly and efficiently.

A distributed application

The purpose of a distributed application is to build a software architecture that allows you to run a program on remote computers.

Ballerina 1.0 is an open-source platform designed to simplify the development of software and applications in the cloud era.

Its creation was largely inspired by C ++, C, Java and GO technologies. Developers who program with Ballerina have the ability to easily design and implement software.

The name “Ballerina” denotes a group of elements that make up the Ballerina platform.

These are the key elements of the Ballerina platform

  • jBallerina is an implementation which offers a compiler generating bytescodes,
  • The “Ballerina Central” web service is dedicated to the publication and sharing of modules on the internet,
  • Langlib is the Ballerina language library,
  • VSCode and IntelliJ IDEA are plugins that give developers the ability to code Ballerina using normal textual and graphical syntax in the form of sequence diagrams,
  • Finally, the standard library provides connectors for protocols, common data formats and APIs. This group of modules manages the HTTP protocols.

Let’s not forget that the big news with Ballerina is that this language was created with the aim of making the integration of distributed services into applications simpler.

Ballerina also derives its specificity from its native conceptual representation by means of a sequence diagram.

This new language promises to be the first language to fully consider that new, modern applications involve the consumption and development of APIs.

The development of RestAPI, gRPC will therefore be simplified. Ballerina creates endpoints, services and network protocols.

To develop native applications, Ballerina works with Kubernetes, Docker or even Istio Service Mesh.

Evolving as free software, it is under the Apache 2.0 license and is available on GitHub.

Stay up to date on this exciting new development – Ballerina has a bright future ahead.

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