alternatives to java, in the enterprise

I hope to get into the minds of the CTO’s and compile the list of pros and cons…

Tech gurus routinely predicate the decline of java [1], but my question is “Who will /displace/ java in the enterprise?”. Let’s restrict ourselves to app programming languages. I think the gorillas/challengers of the past have been

– C/CPP
– Java
– C# (dotnet is not a language)
– python
– javascript

Pattern: OO is the only option. For Perl or PHP to enter the enterprise, OO needs strengthening.

pattern: scripting languages are never serious contenders. Now,

Q: What are the fundamental technical reasons beside (beneath) vendor support? Even the most conservative big business was and is open to scripting or open-source — Perl/Shell, PHP, Javascript, Tomcat, Linux … “Open” but short of adopting in a bigger way.
A: Performance, data volume. Perl falls short.
A: large scale, multi-module development

Answer to the opening question: From the list above, the challenger list boils down to 1 — C#

[1] as well as other technologies. They do that to every player.

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