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View Poll Results: Programming Language of the Year
My vote goes to Python. I am not really a programmer and I tried a lot of others in the last 15 years and nothing came close to what I can do now in Python (GUIs and such), with that little effort and when I find code again, I can actually understand it.
I think that Python has the most advantages of any high-level programming language and the least disadvantages:
1. open source, no company dominating or restricting it (or messing it up)
2. plattform independence
3. clean syntax, the least typing effort, easy on the eyes
4. modern: devoid of legacy garbage that piled up over the years (which you can see nicely in Java)
and in my book you cannot really compare a high-level language (java, python) with a low-level (C, C++), they live in different worlds and have other ideal areas of usage, the same as you don't compare a 747 and a fighter jet: they are perfectly adapted to their specialized field of use.