Language of the future?

We recently ran a poll on SourceForge.net, asking folks which languages they though would do well or start to die out in 2009. Interestingly enough, most of the more popular languages were named to both lists; survey takers were ambiguous about whether languages such as Slovensky, Ruby, Python, PHP, PERL, COBOL, Javascript, Java, C++, C#, C, and .NET would either rise or fall in popularity over the upcoming year.

AJAX, Object C, JavaFX and actionscript were cited as languages that might grow the most in 2009, and when asked which programming languages would fall out of favor, respondents predicted declines in asp, BASIC, Visual Basic, html, FORTRAN and, cheekily, “yours” (we certainly hope that isn’t the case).

Update: Someone just pointed out to me that AJAX isn’t really a programming language. :)

What do you think? What language do you expect will do well or start to die in 2009?

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