Dynamic language use is soaring in Asia, with more
than 88 percent of developers in a recent survey saying they use some dynamic
languages some of the time.
The study, conducted by Evans Data, looks at the use of dynamic languages
developers saying they use dynamic languages some of the time, more than 40
percent said they use one more than half of the time.
language. However, the study also showed that 45 percent of developers in Asia
who use dynamic languages now use PHP in some of their projects. Moreover,
according to the study, Asian developers predict their use of dynamic languages
will remain the same in 2009, except that Perl is expected to decline and
ActionScript, the basis for Flash development, is expected to increase.
Dynamic languages have traditionally been used to build small applications
or for small jobs within bigger systems, but more developers are beginning to
use these languages for mainstream development because they can be easier to
use than other languages.
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"Software developers are always looking for ways to shed unneeded
complexity and outdated methodologies and move to approaches that make
programming simpler and faster, especially as more and more development is Web-centric,"
said John Andrews, president and CEO of
Evans Data. "The high use of dynamic languages in Asia Pacific is
consistent with the high concentration of Web application development being
conducted in that region."
Evans Data's survey of over 400 software developers in
the Asia-Pacific region also showed that cloud computing is on the rise, with
over 20 percent of surveyed Asian developers planning to launch cloud projects
within the next six months; 60 percent of surveyed developers in the Asia
region expect their development for mobile devices to increase; and Intel
dominates the development market with more than twice as many surveyed
developers targeting Intel
processors as Advanced Micro Devices