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Over 60% using dynamic languages in mission-critical applications
by Angie Hirata

Angie Hirata, March 1, 2010

In our blog post a few weeks ago entitled "What Managers don't know about their developers using open source components", we discussed how developers may be using open source in their application development without their managers' knowledge or consent.

The results from our February monthly poll seem to point to the same thing. It showed that 60% of our survey respondents are using dynamic languages in mission-critical applications.

What type of applications are you building with dynamic languages?

While use of open source in enterprise and government is catching on, we had mixed feelings to see this 60%. Since the language distributions that we provide for free are easily accessible, we were happy to see high utilization in enterprise applications. However, in the open source industry, we have seen things go wrong with unmanaged use of open source in businesses. This includes improper licensing for use in enterprise and distributed applications, and copyright infringement lawsuits. So we encourage our developer users to ensure they have considered these, or discussed these with their management.

With that in mind, watch for an upcoming blog post on the lessons our enterprise customers have learned regarding the need for indemnification (against potential lawsuits) when using open source. If you have any immediate questions on this topic if you're working on a mission-critical application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Angie Hirata is our VP, Sales & Marketing. Before joining ActiveState, Angie worked at several start-ups and large organizations including Maximizer Software, JustSystems, Eyeball Networks, Seagate Software, and SEI Industries. She holds a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and a leadership certificate from the New York University School of Business.

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2 comments for Over 60% using dynamic languages in mission-critical applications
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If the poll is largely among subscribers to your newsletter it will probably be fairly biased.

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We try to open up our polls on Twitter and through the blogsphere (RSS) as well.

:)