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Does anyone know of a good place to go find comparisons of programming languages by the intended platform/usage? Basically, what I want to know, is of the more popular languages, which ones are meant for high level application development, low level system development, mobile development, web, etc. If there's a good listing out there already, I'm not finding it so far. Does anyone know of a place that would have this? Thanks.

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Have a look at the right tool website.

The principle : the site gives a list of languages, and a list of statements. Anyone can give his opinion on whether the statement applies to the languages they are familiar with. The results are browsable by languages and by statements.

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Finally found the article I was looking for here. This shows me the intended use that I want, and I have other charts for other comparisons I need. Thanks for the time everyone.

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I'd take this list with a grain of salt. It's not always easy to say what a language is "intended" for, let alone how its actual usage evolves in practice. Consider that this list says that C++ is a "application, systems" language, whereas C# is a "applications, web language". And yet, one of the largest web applications on Earth uses a considerable amount of C++. Also, Javascript (a "client-side web" language), is finding a niche in server-side programming as well. It also claims Lisp is a "text processing" language. –  Charles Salvia Jan 13 '11 at 18:57
    
@Charles Salvia - That's true, but I only need the list for a meeting with uppeer management. –  Tom Jan 13 '11 at 20:24
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Not sure if this is what you're after, but Wikipedia has a pretty awesome categorical list of languages.

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That's a great list, but i'm more looking for platform appropriateness: desktop, web, system level, cloud, etc. –  Tom Jan 13 '11 at 17:34
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