In Praise of Scripting: Real Programming Pragmatism
Eric Wendelin, a Software Engineer at Sun Microsystems mentioned in his blog: What I wanted to know before I left college: A programmer reflects. As he pointed out:
" ... Summer internship that forced me to use computing languages that I had not touched before: Perl, PHP, and other CL tools in a mostly command-line Linux environment - Going outside your comfort zone ended up being HUGE in my career because I realized how to pick up technologies and try to build something useful with them. ..."
I totally agreed that computer science students should be exposed to various type of programming langauges / operating systems during their undergraduate study. BTW, if a language or an operating system can survive that long (UNIX was first developed in 1969, Bourne shell was released in 1977, AWK was written in 1977, Perl / Python / Tcl were developed in the late 1980s), sure it has its own niche area.