Presumedly so he can use a language that we currently don't support. Judging from his list, odds are pretty good most other hosts don't support them either.
Programming language preferences are a very personal thing. A little time spent getting your language of choice to work may seem like time wasted to the outside observer, but if you're more productive using the alternative language it's probably worth it. Any time spent getting it working is regained within just a few days not spent trying to achieve similar familiarity with another language.
Of course, there's the other possibility as well - some people simply like to tinker and experiment with other languages, and time spent doing that is no more wasted than time spent reading a good book or watching a movie. More power to 'em.
This is why we support PHP, Perl, Python, C, plus a few others I can't think of off-hand. You can do largely the same tasks with each of them, but they all have different strengths and weaknesses. Far be it for us to infringe on peoples' wishes to mix content with code (PHP), write incomprehensible gibberish (Perl), indent to their heart's content (Python), or beat themselves about the head (C). :>
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