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Re^3: What language should I learn?

by cavac (Deacon)
on Jan 08, 2012 at 19:44 UTC ( #946907=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: What language should I learn?
in thread What language should I learn?

The linked article, while quite interesting and certainly at least partly true, does make some weird statements.

To be clear HTML/JavaScript is unproven technology.

Huh... what?!? This August 2011 Web Server Survey found nearly two hundred million active sites running different webservers. That tells me that at least HTTP and HTML are used by millions of people. And this statistics page know of at least 1,659,185 sites using Javascript.

It may be relatively unproven technology for Microsoft, since - for the longest time - they brewed their own soup called "Internet Explorer 6". But in the last few years they gotten rather good at adhering basic standards.

If the future of Windows apps is HTML5/JavaScript then Windows has no future.

What the...? At the time of writing this node, there is a whole caboodle of spezialized hard- and software that only runs on windows which will probably take decades to replace. Microsoft's market share may drop in the regard of "number of windows installation" or they may not. On the other hand, in respect to gaming and office solutions they are a strong contender - especially if they really start pushing HTML/Javascript based SaaS.

As for the notion that client-side operating system choice will get more and more irrelevant: Yes, i hope so. That's why i try to develop everyone of my projects when possible as a web based tool. It saves in continuous porting to different operating systems - and leaves the user a choice, because all (s)he needs is a HTML compatible browser. The application doesn't limit the user preference on the prefered operating system anymore, and i don't have to care either.

Whatever is really going to happen, the next few years will be interesting.

"Believe me, Mike, I calculated the odds of this succeeding against the odds I was doing something incredibly stupidů and I went ahead anyway." (Crow in "MST3K The Movie")

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