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Ted Neward explains why (for developers) the next five years will be about language:

Thanks to the plateau of per-chip performance increases and the resulting need to work better with multi-core CPUs, the relative difficulty of mapping user requirements to general-purpose programming languages, the emergence of language-agnostic “virtual machines” that abstract away the machine, the relative ceiling of functionality we’re finding on the current crop of object-oriented languages, and the promise and power of productivity of dynamically-typed or more loosely-typed languages, we’re about to experience a renaissance of innovation in programming languages.

Come hear why this is, and what practicing programmers need to do in order to ride the forefront–instead of the trailing edge–of this new wave in computer science.

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