Yes. That is an extremely common view. The hilarious part, of course, is that if they're talking about web applications then they're full of it because the overhead of interpreted languages is not where performance of web apps suffers, in almost every instance.
Errto, great reply and points well taken. However, as a web guy I am interested in hearing you unpack your comment about interpreted languages. My first language, back in the early 80's, was BASIC. But I didn't really feel "cool" until I bought a compiler and started compiling my stuff with some assembler screen routines (remember how slow the screen-writes were?!). I'm sure interpreted languages have come a long way,e.g., Perl, as has processing power, but I'm still curious about your statement and intent. Thanks.
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