Since I do not hang with too many developers (other than .Net bigots) or gather frequent empirical experience with hardcore development, I am a bit more naive when reading related tradepress articles, particularly InfoWorld‘s “DeveloperWorld”. So with that said, here is a summary barometer of the latest scripting and programming languages.
- Scripting, in general… InfoWorld says “Scripting languages are the hot technology today for application and Web development — no longer the backwater afterthought of the early days running in a pokey interpreter. Nor are scripting languages any longer merely the tool used for quick-and-dirty patching. No, today, scripting languages are popular for “real” programming work. In fact, entire systems and large-scale enterprise-grade projects are built from them.”
- Python, due to its “growing acceptance in the greater world of smart people who aren’t computer geeks“
- PHP, duh – that’s what WordPress is created in, plus major Web platforms and tools continue to be written in PHP, and Monster has always said PHP developers have a recession-proof career
- HTML5, which as everyone knows is going to FIX the Internet, but InfoWorld says “despite its powerful capabilities, HTML5 isn’t the solution for every problem”.
- and InfoWorld has cited Scala and R as up and coming scripting languages, although I must confess I have never heard of them.
- Ruby, which InfoWorld cited last year as “on the rise” but now says it’s not hot or cold but “lukewarm“…
- Perl, the duct tape of the Internet
- Adobe’s ActionScript (um, what is that?)