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With the exception of framework hell, Java is really slick. As long as you choose the right frameworks to learn, it is a really good platform for applications. I'm really glad the "freedom" distros can include it now.
I like other languages too. Perl for prototypes and one-offs, shell script for system initialization and Slack Builds. Groovy has some cool features, like closures... still getting used to that myself.
I hope C and C++ stay as relevant in the future as they are today. I like those for certain things too.
Fortran has a special place in my heart for the old days of writing crunch code for the "Panel Methods" in Airfoil Theory.
I'll never be a one language guy... ever.
I think java is an extremely good concept, but in actual usage it makes me want to hit people. .NET is actually a good continuation of this concept, but with better implementation. If it hadn't been done by MS, it'd probably be perfect
FWIW, I still find C/C++ to be the best language for a wide variety of uses, and my kid thinks it's the next best thing to Perl (so there is hope!).
What I find weird is Eclipse and Netbeans are the top two editors (voted on here) and Java isn't the top language.
I don't write Python, so I can't comment on what to use. But Eclipse and Netbeans include good support for a variety of languages, not just Java. They just happen to be pure Java implemented solutions.
So, why should python be prefered to bash script...?
Easy one for me. I was learning both after I moved to Linux until I figured out that this 'she-bang' thing worked equally well with Python. Ever since I use Python to write a (whatever) 30 line piece of code to do what I could have done in Bash in 3 lines except with Python it's a lot less trial and error to get it right (plus I still understand it after a while). Never really bothered again with shell scripting.
Originally Posted by Alexvader
Both are interpreted, Python syntax is version dependent, bash is a standard, I think Python cannot beat bash for portability... of course python supports stuff that bash will not, but for this heavy stuff ( object oriented applications ) I think ( never used Python though ...) that Py will be quite slow, as compared to a compiled language like C++...
So, what makes Python so special...?
Portability is an issue but there are differences between shells too. Python is generally fast enough in execution, you have to benchmark specific uses to find when it wouldn't be a good solution. There's a difference between 'not the fastest possible solution' and 'quite slow' and I don't think you'll find many cases where Python is 'quite slow'. What also matters is that it's fast in development and easy to maintain.
I think the versatility, general usefulness, ease of development and ease of learning make it stand out but I can't explain why it got so many more votes than Ruby.
Position Position Delta in Programming Ratings Delta
Feb 2010 Feb 2009 Position Language Feb 2010 Feb 2009 Status
-------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- ------
1 1 = Java 17.348% -2.05% A
2 2 = C 16.602% +0.76% A
3 5 ++ PHP 10.001% +1.22% A
4 3 - C++ 9.447% -0.19% A
5 4 - VB/Basic 7.051% -1.79% A
6 6 = C# 5.015% -0.05% A
7 7 = Python 4.314% -0.25% A
8 8 = Perl 3.600% -0.52% A
9 9 = Delphi 2.656% -0.97% A
Tiobe's "Hall of Fame - Language of the Year":
Finally, even though they're not in Tiobe's "Top 10", the most explosive growth in recent popularity goes to: