Understanding Your Language Choices for Developing Modern Apps – from Rachel Appel


Developing modern software using a single language just doesn’t happen in 2013. Programming has evolved to a polyglot model with domain-specific languages (DSLs) for each tier of development. For example, a popular scenario is to use SQL and C# on the back end and HTML, JavaScript and CSS as the UI languages. As a developer, you want to be able to add skills to your skill set, but working in too many languages spreads your skills thin in each. You also want to put products out to market quickly, which often leaves little room for learning a new language and all its quirks, so optimally you want to build on top of skills you already have. When creating Windows Store and Windows Phone apps, you have a variety of choices in languages for every project scenario, and at least one will nicely complement your experience. In this article, I’ll show you what languages go with different development scenarios. In addition, I’ll look at the options you need to weigh and how factors such as data access or porting an app affect the language you need to use.

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