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Which Scripting Languages Are Hot Now

Monday Oct 17th 2011 by Cynthia Harvey

You might want to stay away from Action Script and Perl.

It used to be that serious developers mocked scripting languages as good only for patch-up jobs, but these days scripting languages are a popular option for Web and application developments. However, not all scripting languages are created equal. Which ones offer the best bets? Here's a run-down of scripting language popularity based on programmer surveys, commit logs, search engine traffic and book sales data from O'Reilly:

Hot

  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Scala
  • R
  • PHP

Lukewarm

  • Ruby

Not Hot

  • Action Script
  • Perl

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