After a great time at a language agnostic conference this past weekend (I don't have pictures, I got a new camera and I forgot to bring it. I was so mad) I've gotten to thinking about framework agnostic languages. The ones you need to know whether you're a Python, C#, Ruby, or Java developer. I came up with the following list:
- Querying languages (SQL, MySQL, Oracle)
- Regex (syntax, not language)
My point is, while it is important to be focused on whatever web framework we currently are working with these languages are a staple to our success. For the past few days I've been playing with Python, and so far I really like it. Say I wanted to switch from .NET, I would still be heavily working with these agnostic languages.
This is why even though I may not be heavily into writing custom HTML/css I am still paying rapt attention to the HTML 5 / css 3 advances. Unless I decide to become a Doctor or a Fireman I will be no doubt referencing them for a long time. They have shown their worth by staying around since the beginning of the internet (when I was a wee lass) and I doubt they have any intention of leaving anytime soon. Any good web developer should be extremely comfortable with any one of these.
Here are some great references for info about these framework agnostic languages.
- SQL Server Community Blogs
- Doc Type - new Q & A site for css/html
- The JQuery Site
- MySQL Preacher
I realize my list is shamefully short, have any you would recommend?