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11 Programming Languages For DevOps Success

DevOps uses languages for software development and languages for deployment automation. If you want to be successful with either side of DevOps, these languages will help.
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DevOps depends on two critical pieces: Software development and operational automation. Each of these requires programming and (follow me, here) programming tends to need a programming language. For those trying to chart a career path in DevOps, the question of what language or languages to learn for each side of the equation is key.

Here, we'll take a look at some key programming languages, as well as the scripting languages that drive the automation of so many DevOps processes -- plus a language or two that might split the difference.

[DevOps and Agile aren't synonyms. It pays to know the difference. Read Agile vs. DevOps: 10 Ways They're Different.]

I'm looking at these languages from the perspective of their intended jobs, not their linguistic structure or operation. There are a couple here that are barely languages at all -- but they're still automation frameworks worth knowing if you want to be part of the DevOps world.

Are you on a DevOps team? Have you led part of a DevOps organization? I'm curious about the tools you or your team have used as part of successful DevOps. I'm equally curious about languages you think are important for people getting into the field in 2016. I'll be hanging out in the comments section below -- once you've reviewed our list, stop by and let me know what you think.

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User Rank: Apprentice
6/21/2017 | 10:01:40 PM
Programming languages for success in DevOps world
Nice summation of required scripting languages for success in DevOps. Being a AWS managed services provider we have learned at nclouds through our experience that being good in scripting languages is very important for fast turnaournd times, be it for new implementations or troubleshooting and support.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/29/2016 | 8:39:12 AM
DevOps in the wild
Based on my current work with a small startup (all Macs in the office, all Linux servers in the cloud, Ruby on Rails apps with iOS and Android clients):

I use bash, Ruby (rake, Chef, Capistrano), JavaScript (for AWS Lambda functions), and the AWS CLI. (Our data science people use Python for utility stuff, but I rarely need to touch that.)

That totally covers provisioning and deployment. 




User Rank: Apprentice
7/21/2016 | 12:42:59 PM
InformationWeek of all pubs should know better than to perpetuate click-bait style journalism.  This is hardly any different from "See what these child stars look like today (Number 6 is shocking!)".  I mean really, this article had no purpose other than to generate clicks -- nothing new or useful at all.  Two technical comments: (1) Powershell, Perl and C make the list and Python doesn't?  Seriously?  (2) Puppet is a language?  Really? 

InformationWeek, if you insist on publishing like this, get one of your interns to do a proper job of it.
User Rank: Guru
7/18/2016 | 8:47:50 PM
comment om app development
There have been a number of comments in the trade press about technologies that should disappear or languages should be learned, and so on.There are two aspects that are seldom discussed: long-term maintainability and validation/verification, particularly in those applications where safety is involved.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
7/18/2016 | 4:16:04 PM
Assembler may be the next best thing
"C is the next best thing to assembler," and when it comes to devops for the Internet of things, assembler may be the best thing, period. According to TIOBE Programming Community Index, more Internet of Things developers are using assembler than any other language. http://www.tiobe.com/tiobe_index?page=index Assembler runs thousands of small devices. "If performance is key, nobody can beat assembly code," the Index stated in its summary of July 2016 report. Assembler re-entered the top 10 in the report.  
User Rank: Apprentice
7/18/2016 | 3:44:26 PM
how about Python
Good article!  I am more on the dev side of devops but still have significant involvement in both.  I agree with what you said but would like to add Python to the list.  I've been using it for less than a year but find it to be a general purpose tool that I can use for almost anything.  And it's fun :)
User Rank: Apprentice
7/18/2016 | 9:57:17 AM
Languages to know





User Rank: Apprentice
7/17/2016 | 8:06:32 PM
This rank is biased.
Puptets and toys languages will not help on DevOps success.
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