In the cloud, applications interact with their environment over the network. Ballerina is a general-purpose programming language with features optimized for these network distributed applications. It is easy to write and modify and is suitable for application programmers.

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How is Ballerina different?

Services: First-class language constructs for providing and consuming services

Sequence diagrams: Language syntax directly captures semantics for concurrency, message passing and service interaction allowing a sequence diagram view of any program

Structural typing: Allows for looser coupling between distributed components and eliminates the friction of data binding

Metadata: Extensible metadata enables easy integration of Ballerina programs with cloud platforms

Batteries included: Not just a language but a complete ecosystem, including a standard library, module repository, testing framework, and documentation system

Familiar: Designed to feel familiar to anybody with experience in popular C-family languages such as C/C++, C#, Java or JavaScript