Indian companies just don't take Python seriously, not as much as Perl. Why is that?
Most companies opting for Ruby as their programming language of choice instead of Python
The future of the Perl programming language?
Phew, that is quite a lot of people asking about programming language adoption!
The TLDR version of my thoughts on this topic is: Companies are choosing the right tool and the right community for the right job. Which programming language is used in your company depends on the kind of work they are doing.
Ruby and Rails ecosystems are built by and built for web programmers. That is why you will see web programmers switching from PHP and Python to Rails. For web programming, I do believe that Rails has an edge, not just because of the framework itself, but because of the community rallying around it. The amount of amazingly useful stuff that they churn out outpaces any other community w.r.t. web-dev, and they even have quick effective screencasts to make it digestable, hence their edge!
Data analysis is the hot thing these days and as per O'Reilly, Python is the choice of language for data analysis even though Ruby gets more buzz in the tech news. It is the same reason why scientists are switching away from Ruby to Python.
So I have a question back for the 134 people who asked the above 3 questions - Is the programming language chosen by your company match the kind of community we have described here?
What would you say to these 134 people?