Developers are planning to use Web development and scripting or dynamic languages more than traditional procedural languages over the next 18 months, according to a recent survey conducted by Ziff Davis Enteprise.
Microsoft's ASP.NET, another popular Web development technology, came in fourth, with just over 8 percent of developers saying they planned to begin using it. However, the combined category of T-SQL, PL-SQL and other SQL flavors ranked third among respondents - at 9 percent.
Rounding out the top 12 languages or technologies cited were C#, Ruby, Java, VB.Net, PHP, Model Driven Architecture, Python and C/C++. Yet AJAX garnered nearly twice as much interest than C#, the highest ranking of the bottom eight languages. Only about 7 percent of developers surveyed said they plan to begin using C#.
However, noting the push toward more use of Web development technologies and dynamic languages is one thing; getting to the why is another.
Resig said that as developers turn to developing their next applications, "they realize that using the Web as a platform is both easier to deploy and distribute from. When the ability to distribute an application is so easy - as simple as viewing it in a Web browser - and the ease of pushing new updates becomes possible - as easy as flipping a switch on the server - the desktop as a deployment platform looks rather paltry."
Ben Galbraith, co-founder of Ajaxian.com and a software architect and developer, said, "While the server side of the Web environment continues to be populated by a diverse community of programming platforms, the client side is largely limited to AJAX, so it's going to show up as a much more popular platform. No matter what your back-end is, if you're writing Web applications, you've got to know AJAX."