When to Use Programming Languages

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Java

  • Willing to take a small speed decrease in order to have a much better time programming than C/C++
  • Need to interface with <~Obscure Technology~>. Because Java probably has a library for it

Kotlin

  • Want/need to use Java libraries but want to feel modern

Groovy

  • I want to write a version of Java that gets rid of everything good about Java while keeping all of the bad

C

  • Need the maximum amount of speed possible

C++

  • Need the maximum amount of speed possible while also having the maximum number of language features that don’t fit together

Javascript

  • Need to write something quick for the browser

Typescript

  • Need to write something large for the browser

Python

  • Short scripts, one-offs
  • Want to have a good time programming while not caring about speed or ease of refactoring

Go

  • Want the power of concurrency, but don’t want to actually learn concurrency

Clojure

  • Want/need to use Java libraries but are a hipster
  • Rich Hickey is my spirit animal

Rust

  • I’m a sub and I want my compiler to be the dom

Haskell

  • Want to prove that all those years of mathematics were useful
  • Want to feel superior to the plebs that can’t understand your beautiful monads