DDJ (the print edition at least) has an interesting interview with Paul Jansen, managing director of TIOBE on languages. Some interesting points:

  • Direct quote: "I expect in five years time there will be two main languages: Java and C#, followed closely by good old Visual Basic."
  • While not much has changed over the last 10 years, COBOL is now out of the top 10 list and Python is moving in.
  • Direct quote: "Another langauge that has had its day is Perl. It was once the standard language for every system administrator and build manager, but now everyone has been waiting on a new major release for more than seven years. That is considered too long."

Interestingly enough, TIOBE has picked the language of the year to be Python.