After viewing the TV documentary, I thought that they gave a fair assessment of the story. However, the "Sun" article was all hype. I didn't realize that the "Sun" is not a REAL newspaper.
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C++ vs Java
Java garbage collection is the big productivity gain
Java is significantly slower than C++
C++ is (much) harder to code correctly than any of the others
Java vs Python/Ruby
Python/Ruby interpreted execution and dynamic typing are big productivity gains over Java.
Python/Ruby are slower than Java
Python/Ruby programs need less extraneous scaffolding (cleaner code)
There are two important tradeoffs : [interpreted vs. compiled] and [static vs. dynamic typing]
Python vs. Ruby nearly equivalent