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Programming languages that I like enough to install on my laptop

Some time ago I decided that I was not going to install anything my laptop.  First of all because I always find myself installing countless libraries that I can never reproduce the environment accurately enough for a practical CI/CD environment. Secondly because it also means trying to stay current with the latest versions of the language and/or libraries. Third, there is always a time when versions skew between production and development meaning that my local machine needs to be able to operate in multiple versions. Finally, rebuilding my laptop after a reinstall or replacement is time-consuming if not impossible.

While there is nothing I can do about the first and second challenges the others can be handled. There are a number of ways to handle #3. Ruby has RVM, GoLang has GVM, perl has perlbrew, python has pythonbrew and virtualenv. There are other options for different languages but this seem to be getting some traction #4 can be addressed with chef, puppet, salted and a few other installation orchestration tools.

And after all that... these are the languages I've decided to install on my laptop:

  • julia
  • rust
  • golang
  • lua
  • erlang
  • elixir
  • tcl-tk
I also have a few of the default tools like:
  • ruby
  • perl
  • python
  • objective-c
I suppose there could be a few others that I'm not aware of but these are the ones I see right now.


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