March 13th, 2007


a plethora of languages

I'm writing a little web app to manage my todo list. The plethora of distinctly different languages required to successfully create such a "web 2.0" application is astounding:

  • Python (or your server-side language of choice)
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • XML (for XML-RPC)
  • SQL

Insufficient fluency in any of these languages is likely to render your application unworkable, or at least insecure or poorly performing. In the nascent state of my current app, all of these languages are embedded at some level or other in one single source file. How did we get here? Is this the future of web development? How can this be made better?