ESR of Jargon file fame, is writing an online book on Unix programming. This chapter is about choosing a programming language.
Though it contains some floklore and other unsbstantiated claims, this chapter may be of interest. Quite a few languages are discussed (including Tcl, Elisp and Python). The examples ('case studies') are interesting.
Naturally some remarks are more helpful for understanding the sociology of programming languages than actual technical issues, which are best understood by using the languages and not reading about them (a comment I am sure ESR would agree with).
Posted to general by Ehud Lamm on 2/12/01; 8:17:03 AM