Times have changed. Languages are essentially irrelevant; if you have a reasonable background, you can pick up whatever languages (note plural) you need.
The question a couple of years ago was "what libraries?" There's probably a library that does what you want; use whatever language it's written in. Yeah, I know, everything eventually reduces to C, but like most things, it ain't that simple.
* Yeah, I know; Java applets. I don't know which is more painful -- writing them or using them.