Flashback 10, 20 years ago in the IT world, and you saw a world divided by languages. On the larger systems, you had seasoned developers well versed in Cobol, RPG, C/C++ and Java. On the smaller, PC and Mac boxes, there were cadres of C/C++ developers as well, along with Visual Basic, C#, and Objective-C.

Since then, numerous more lightweight scripting languages have grown in popularity, including Javascript (which is not related to Java), Perl, Python, PHP and Ruby.

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