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 for languages of choice
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  languages of choice
   n.
  
      C, Perl, Python, Java and LISP ? the dominant languages in
      open-source development. This list has changed over time, but slowly. Java
      bumped C++ off of it, and Python appears to be recruiting people who would
      otherwise gravitate to LISP (which used to be much more important than it
      is now). Smalltalk and Prolog are also popular in small but influential
      communities.
  
      The Real Programmers who loved FORTRAN and assembler have pretty much all
      retired or died since 1990. Assembler is generally no longer considered
      interesting or appropriate for anything but HLL implementation, glue,
      and a few time-critical and hardware-specific uses in systems programs.
      FORTRAN occupies a shrinking niche in scientific programming.
  
      Most hackers tend to frown on languages like Pascal and Ada, which don't
      give them the near-total freedom considered necessary for hacking (see {
      bondage-and-discipline language), and to regard everything even remotely
      connected with COBOL or other traditional DP languages as a total and
      unmitigated loss.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  languages of choice
  
     C and Lisp.  Nearly every hacker knows one of these, and
     most good ones are fluent in both.  Smalltalk and Prolog are
     also popular in small but influential communities.
  
     There is also a rapidly dwindling category of older hackers
     with Fortran, or even assembler, as their language of choice.
     They often prefer to be known as Real Programmers, and other
     hackers consider them a bit odd (see "{The Story of Mel").
     Assembler is generally no longer considered interesting or
     appropriate for anything but HLL implementation, glue, and
     a few time-critical and hardware-specific uses in systems
     programs.  Fortran occupies a shrinking niche in scientific
     programming.
  
     Most hackers tend to frown on languages like Pascal and
     Ada, which don't give them the near-total freedom considered
     necessary for hacking (see bondage-and-discipline language),
     and to regard everything even remotely connected with COBOL
     or other traditional card walloper languages as a total and
     unmitigated loss.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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