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How to choose a language, when taking in account the community it includes?

I was reading the following article: Great Hackers The following part grabbed my attention: "When you choose a language, you're also choosing a community. The programmers you'll be able to hire ...
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Why such popularity with Python? [closed]

Other than being annoyed at whitespace as syntax, I'm not a hater, I just don't get the fascination with Python. I appreciate the poetry of Perl, and have programmed beautiful web services in bash ...
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When creating an open source project, is coding in VB.net a bad idea? [closed]

I am planning on creating an open source project, however, I was wondering if developers tend to steer away from projects that are coded in VB.net, even if they know VB.net. From what I have read, ...
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Researching the growth of functional languages [closed]

In recent years it seems that functional programming languages have had a real popularity increase. Languages like Erlang, Haskell, Scala, F# and Clojure seem to be pretty well known and many popular ...
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What are the chances of Google's Go becoming a mainstream language? [closed]

Who here is learning Go? Are other companies looking at using it? Is it likely to become widely used?
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How to popularize Nemerle (or another programming language)? [closed]

Any .NET developer who is interested in different programming languages knows that F# is the most popular functional language for the .NET platform nowadays. The only fact describing the popularity of ...
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Why isn't the Stab language more widely used? [closed]

I am wondering if there are technical reasons that make Stab an unsuitable alternative to Java. Stab borrows heavily from C#, bringing many C# features to the JVM: Less verbosity type inference ...
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What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic? [closed]

Does anybody know how O'Reilly chooses topics to publish? For some reason, I don't see how it can be based on demand. The reason, I ask, is because they haven't published a Delphi book in almost 12 ...
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Why the sudden rise in popularity of Lua? [closed]

Does anyone know why the Lua progamming language has seen such a rise in popularity recently? I am going by the TIOBE ratings. http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/paperinfo/tpci/Lua.html I've used Lua in ...
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Is Java Plug-in still relevant?

When I challenged Chrome development team about their decision to block every version of the Java Plug-in by default (http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=84001). They answered that Java ...