Python vs. Ruby vs. CoffeeScript

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What is Python?

Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.

What is Ruby?

Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.

What is CoffeeScript?

CoffeeScript is a little language that compiles into JavaScript. Underneath that awkward Java-esque patina, JavaScript has always had a gorgeous heart. CoffeeScript is an attempt to expose the good parts of JavaScript in a simple way.

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Why do developers choose Python?
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Why do developers choose Ruby?
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Why do developers choose CoffeeScript?
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What are the cons of using Python?
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What are the cons of using CoffeeScript?
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How much does Python cost?
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What companies use Python?
3404 companies on StackShare use Python
What companies use Ruby?
2983 companies on StackShare use Ruby
What companies use CoffeeScript?
447 companies on StackShare use CoffeeScript
What tools integrate with Python?
88 tools on StackShare integrate with Python
What tools integrate with Ruby?
75 tools on StackShare integrate with Ruby
What tools integrate with CoffeeScript?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with CoffeeScript

What are some alternatives to Python, Ruby, and CoffeeScript?

  • JavaScript - Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
  • PHP - A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development
  • HTML5 - 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web
  • Java - A concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, language specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible

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