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Developers on Stack Overflow have made it clear that they don't want to work with Perl, the nearly 30-year-old programming language created by Larry Wall.
Not far behind Perl in the developer community and jobs site's figures as the most-disliked language are Delphi and Microsoft's VBA.
Stack Overflow gathered its data for ranking the most-disliked languages from its Developer Story feature on its Jobs page, which allows users to add tags for languages they would like to work with and languages they would like to avoid.
Other intensely disliked languages include PHP, Object-C, Coffeescript, and Ruby.
Stack Overflow data scientist David Robinson notes that the least disliked tags tend also to be the fast-growing terms in questions asked by developers on Stack Overflow.
Languages that fit this profile include R, Python, Typescript, Go and Rust, while questions with tags for Perl, Objective-C, and Ruby are steadily shrinking on the site.
Microsoft didn't fare well in Stack Overflow's analysis of how much developers disliked general technologies defined by tags listed in the dislike category.
The firm's Internet Explorer browser topped the list of the most disliked technology, followed by Microsoft Visual Basic. Other highly disliked technologies included Cobol, Adobe Flash, Microsoft's ASP Classic, and Microsoft itself. Apple also appears there, as does Microsoft's SharePoint, IIS, and Access.
"It's worth emphasizing again that this is no indictment of the technologies, their quality, or their popularity. It is simply a measurement of what technologies stir up strong negative feelings in at least a subset of developers who feel comfortable sharing this publicly," explained Robinson.
The company also looked at tags for technologies that most frequently get liked by developers on Stack Overflow. The most-liked technologies include machine learning, Git, Python, HTML5, CSS3, JSON, Docker, and Amazon Web Services.
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