The bad news is that from management's POV, livingness and usefulness are closely related. No matter how wonderful language X may be, if you can't find employees to code in it, you aren't going to use it.
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So you can see why Java is popular... because it's popular!
That doesn't matter if you are just hacking for pleasure. But if you need a job... well, if I had java, I'd probably be much more employable. No regrets though - I'm doing a PhD in political science, which is guaranteed to make me unemployable, but I still love it.
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