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14. Polyglot Programming > Where Are We Going? And How Do We Get There?

Where Are We Going? And How Do We Get There?

Fortunately, the creators of Java actually built two things: the Java language and the Java platform. And the latter is our escape hatch away from the baggage of the past. Increasingly, Java is being used more as a platform than a language. This trend is going to continue and pick up steam over the next couple of years. In fact, we will eventually all be engaged in what I call polyglot programming.

Polyglot Programming Today

When we build web applications today, we primarily develop in three languages (four, if you count XML): Java (or some other base, general-purpose language), SQL, and JavaScript (in the form of Ajax libraries). Yet most developers will say they are Java (or .NET or Ruby) programmers, leaving out the special-purpose languages that have infiltrated their “normal” general-purpose language.


  

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