This might seem like a silly question to some of you, but it gets asked by people who aren’t as familiar with cloud computing as your enterprise-level IT guru. Do all the standard web languages work in the cloud? The answer is a clear and simple “yes.”

There is no such thing as a cloud-based language. All the standard computing languages work just as well in the cloud as they do in traditional computing. That includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, C#, C++, and we could go on. But I think you get the idea.

What is cloud computing if it isn’t an extension of your mainframe? Think of it as a loose network of mainframe computers connected by a series of fiber optic cables over a long distance. The cloud then becomes an extension of each of those mainframes, so in a sense it is nothing more than a traditional computer with extended memory and functionality.

That’s a simplification, but it does illustrate the simple notion of what the cloud actually is. Therefore, because the cloud – or “a cloud” – is nothing more than an extension of a traditional computer with additional functionality, all the same languages can be used. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Just put it on another vehicle.

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