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Expert Opinion in Favor of Dynamic Languages

Everyone knows that JavaScript is not for serious software development right? Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. Some of the industries biggest names speak fondly of "Scripting" languages.

In fact, 9 years ago, a man by the name of John K. Ousterhout, foresaw the industry moving toward the use of scripting languages. He wrote an article for IEEE entitled: "Scripting: Higher Level Programming for the 21st Century". In it he explains why "system" languages should be come less prominent for common use than scripting. His argument is that as more and more coding frameworks become available, more programming work will be "gluing" existing code together. The need for developing a system from the ground up will diminish. Nine years later with the existence of huge frameworks such as .NET, it appears that he was right.

Dr. Osterhout is not just your average programmer. After receiving his BS degree in physics at Yale and his PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University, he became a Professor of Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley, and a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He created the Tcl scripting language...

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