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The article is live. Thanks to all for the help!

6 Scripting Languages Your Developers Wish You'd Let Them Use
Several up-and-coming scripting languages--some open-source--are gaining popularity among software developers. These dynamic programming languages, including Groovy, Scala, Lua, F#, Clojure and Boo, deserve more attention for your enterprise software development, even if your shop is dedicated to Java or .NET. Here's why. _Scripting_Languages_Your_Developers_Wish_You_d_Let_Them_Use

On Oct 9, 2008, at 1:48 PM, Esther Schindler wrote:

I'm doing an article for on "5 [or whatever] languages that ought to be on your [IT Manager's] radar," and I'd like to include Lua. I'm looking for a short statement on why it's useful, and why the boss ought to let you use it for enterprise work. Any takers?

This is meant to be a short-and-sweet article: just its name, URL, a quick formal definition, and then one or two quotes from developers about why they think it's valuable. Imagine that you're trying to convince someone's boss to let you use it. What would you say?

(This is a follow-up to PHP_JavaScript_Ruby_Perl_Python_and_Tcl_Today_The_State_of_the_Scripti ng_Universe in case you care. Some folks pointed out that a few "obvious" languages should have been included. I'm happy to comply.)

--Esther Schindler
  senior online editor,