From PHP to Perl: What's hot, what's not in scripting languages

By Peter Wayner, InfoWorld |  Software, Perl, PHP

And so developers have lots of choices and much religious battle to wade through. To help you figure out where to place your scripting language bets, we surveyed programmers, commit logs, search engine traffic, and book sales data from O'Reilly. What follows is a barometer of scripting languages -- JavaScript, ActionScript, Perl, Python, Ruby, Scala, R, PHP, and Java -- with our best-guess forecast of which languages are rising and falling in scripting hipness.

Hot scripting language: JavaScript

Few scripting languages are as polarizing as JavaScript. But love it or hate it, it's hard to debate the fact that JavaScript has had a renaissance of late, making it the lingua franca of the client-side Web. JavaScript performance has exploded in recent years thanks to an arms race among browser vendors to build the fastest JavaScript engine, and the server side now has a powerful scripting tool in Node.js.

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