by CIO Staff

You Used THAT Programming Language to Write What?!

Mar 07, 20082 mins
DeveloperOpen Source

How to determine which programming languageu2014Perl, PHP, JavaScript, Python or Rubyu2014is right for your task.

When all you have is a hammer, they say, everything looks like a nail. Instead, we give you a look at several language-hammers, so you can make a reasonable decision about when each is the best tool for the job.

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You Used Python to Write WHAT?!

Python is a powerful, easy-to-use scripting language suitable for use in the enterprise, although it is not right for absolutely every use. Python expert Martin Aspeli identifies when Python is the right choice, and when another language might be a better option.

You Used JavaScript to Write WHAT?!

The key to understanding when (and when not) to deploy JavaScript has as much to do with the intent of the target application as it does JavaScript itself.

You Used PHP to Write WHAT?!

PHP may be the most popular Web scripting language in the world. But despite a large collection of nails, not every tool is a hammer. So when should it be used, and when would another dynamic programming language be a better choice? We identify its strengths and weaknesses.

PHP’s Enterprise Strengths and Weaknesses, Take 2

Zend’s John Coggeshall responds to’s earlier PHP article with his own list of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of PHP application development.

You Used Perl to Write WHAT?!

Every programming language has its strengths…and its weaknesses. We identify five tasks for which perl is ideally suited, and four that…well, really, shouldn’t you choose something else?