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General Development Just-in-time compilers, browser wars, and developer enthusiasm are just a few of the trends separating today's hot scripting languages from the pack. InfoWorld's Peter Wayner surveys programmers, commit logs, search engine traffic, and book sales data to provide a barometer of scripting languages -- JavaScript, ActionScript, Perl, Python, Ruby, Scala, R, and PHP -- providing a best-guess forecast of which languages are rising and falling in scripting hipness.
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And rely on all the well tested tools like find, grep, awk, sed, etc to push data around. I almost write daily little scripts to get things done, mostly in minutes.


Left GUI toolkits behind me years ago. To much hassle...

As an addendum, another thing to consider is Common Lisp. Not so much because of the "Lisp" part, but because of the REPL, Read, Eval, Print Loop. The command line of a Lisp system. Either straight from a terminal, or in an Emacs buffer. The Emacs integration helps, but a straight CL listener is pretty nice in it's raw form.

It's just nice because it lets you play with your work like clay. Other languages have listeners, but they're not as nice as Lisps.

It's not quite to the level of Bash, it doesn't support the piping mechanism that make Bash/Unix so capable. And I never really got use to SCSH (Scheme Shell) which tried to bring those facilities in to a Scheme environment.

But for just playing with code, it's really nice.

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