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Discussion on: On Death and Dying: Ruby on Rails

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Patrick Minton

Folks used to say that PHP was dying when I got into the industry (way back when Amazon only sold books). Today it is still the most widely used language on the web. It's still a pretty big part of a tiny niche website called "facebook".

Most of the time when you hear "yeah but language X is dying," it is being said by an engineer with very little experience who is really just saying "language X is from before I started programming, and I never learned it, so it must not matter." Which is, for obvious reasons, not a great framework for evaluating relevance.

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Yohan Choi

I guess when the language dies is when the programmers of the language die. Since there are a lot of programmers on dying languages, the end will come after 20-30 years.