As reported in The Register, developers using PHP are more “satisfied” than those using other languages.
The top languages were:
- Microsoft F#
- Microsoft Powershell
- VB Script
I know what you’re thinking, “what no <insert_favourite_language_here”>? For me, that’s “what, no CFML?”
The report is 27 pages, with a page given to each of the top 10 languages, and a bit more analysis for all the major categories of the survey. They surveyed about 500 developers and IT professionals. The survey is actually for scripting languages, which is why I guess it omits several obvious popular languages. The one language in the list that is perhaps of most interest for Coldfusion developers is Flex, of which they said:
As with Actionscript, with the exception of ease of use, users gave Flex relatively low marks across the board. It did receive the second highest rating of any of these languages for quality of tools, something that most likely is attributable to the resources and support that Adobe contributes to the Flex community.
PHP, Ruby and Python all seemed to do pretty well. I’d be interested to know if they just gave developers that list of 10 pre-defined languages, or if more languages were rated, but they limited the report to the top 10 of those by usage.