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Ruby is a dynamic language that first appeared in 1995. It was made popular by Dave Thomas of Pragmatic Programmer fame and then more so by Ruby on Rails. Because of its popularity Ruby has been ported to run under both the Java JDK as JRuby and the .NET runtime as IronRuby. There is a large and vocal Ruby community ... Read More »


The Java platform was released by Sun Microsystems in 1995 and is composed of a language, a set of libraries and a set of standards. Java is used in everything thing from mobile devices (j2me) to enterprise systems (j2ee). People are most familiar with Java used in server side enterprise systems or applets. Since its creation Java has garnered the ... Read More »


PHP is a highly scalable and popular open source dynamic language most commonly used for web applications. PHP powers many popular web applications such as the popular blog-publishing application WordPress and Drupal as well as large sites like Digg and Facebook. PHP has evolved over the years to use the Zend engine created by Andi Gutmans and Zeev Suraski. Later ... Read More »