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3/13/2016
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Top Programming Languages That Will Future-Proof Your Portfolio

The most popular programming languages are used to code most of the applications in the world. Here are the 10 most popular now -- and insight into a handful on a rocket up the charts.
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Javascript

By now, everyone knows that Java and Javascript aren't really related. Javascript is one of the foundation languages of the Web, coming just behind HTML in ubiquity. As such, Javascript isn't going to live outside a browser interface, though it is possible to encapsulate that interface in a program that doesn't have to invoke a full browser instance every time it runs.
Javascript is becoming more completely functional as time goes on, with server-side implementations and Javascript in virtual machines taking it step-by-step away from the browser.
In general, though, it's a scripting language that carries a Web heritage with it. In that regard it's rather like ...

(Image: logo.js via GitHub)

Javascript

By now, everyone knows that Java and Javascript aren't really related. Javascript is one of the foundation languages of the Web, coming just behind HTML in ubiquity. As such, Javascript isn't going to live outside a browser interface, though it is possible to encapsulate that interface in a program that doesn't have to invoke a full browser instance every time it runs.

Javascript is becoming more completely functional as time goes on, with server-side implementations and Javascript in virtual machines taking it step-by-step away from the browser.

In general, though, it's a scripting language that carries a Web heritage with it. In that regard it's rather like

(Image: logo.js via GitHub)

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Curt Franklin
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3/14/2016 | 2:26:07 PM
Re: Script & Interpreters
TerryB, the problem with so many scripting languages is that they were never really intended for applications where security (or, in many cases, the outside world) were considerations.

It would be nice to have a simple, powerful, scipting language that just happens to be intrinsicially secure. I'm just not sure what it would be. And the real problem is that IT executives are always going to want fast, low-cost solutions for development, and nothing really beats a scripting language for fast and cheap.
Curt Franklin
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3/14/2016 | 12:50:10 PM
Re: Expectation setback: No Go, No Node.js
Charlie, I was surprised by the lack of Go. There are several possible explanations (aside from the obvious), including that companies using Go aren't using external testing. The lack of interest in hiring language could mean that companies are using existing in-house talent for their dev teams, but either way I agree: You'd think that companies would be both using the languages now and hiring for the future.

The question is whether there's a lot of latent demand or whether there's less uptake than we think.
Charlie Babcock
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3/14/2016 | 12:13:11 PM
Expectation setback: No Go, No Node.js
In terms of future-proofing the enterprise, I expected to see Google's Go listed, since it's the language of container orchestration and management, as found in Kubernetes. I also expected to see Node.js in higher demand than JavaScript, but it could be client-side programming still dominates server-side.
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