Two quotes of interest. The first, some patently-false FUD: James
Gosling (nasty website) at Sun's World Wide Education and
PHP and Ruby are perfectly fine systems
but they are scripting languages and get their power through
specialization: they just generate web pages.
The second, a rather insightful bit of pragmatism from Bill Gates (via lesscode):
There's only really one metric to me for
future software development, which is—do you write less
code to get the same thing done?