What web development platforms should I be learning?
Well, my idea for the past couple of years was to learn a language, and get a site started. I have a really good idea that is based on ideas from sites like digg.com, and wikipedia.com (not copying at all of course, a very original idea).
I have been learning PHP and MySQL for the past year, and now in a recent Yahoo Question, I have come to find out that most big company websites do not use this language. I feel really stupid now.
I was told I should be learning ruby, perl, ruby on rails, but the most popular one is asp.net
My question (with the thought of me starting my own popular website in the near future), is which language should I persue, and if so are there any really popular programs that are almost WSYIWYG editors or something close. Btw does asp.net cost money? May sound like a dumb question but this is the first time me hearing about asp.net (not asp though).
http://www.railsteam.com Also, to give you some specs, I want it to be Web 2.0 (completely user driven), fresh, and looks nice, dynamic
I think what you came across were the opinions of developers and what they prefer to work with instead of a real list. Here's a list, based on programming standards, that may help you in your search: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/pap...tpci/index.html . As you can see, PHP is still highly rated as of this month (January). If you are looking into the most popular programming languages I would use this as a guide. In most instances there are a number of languages that work best on a particular project depending on the feature set / expectations that you want from the project. I would compare your expectations and tasks with the benefits of the different languages - you should find your answers that way.
Jonathan LeBlanc Technology Evangelist Yahoo! Developer Network Twitter: @jcleblanc