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what is the problem?
One could look at each language as an attempt to solve a particular problem.
I've listed a few below, and probably got some wrong. It would not be hard
make a satirical version as well (see each language as an attempt to
a particular problem).
Assembly language is too hard; we need something on a higher level.
C is not object oriented.
C/C++ have complicated and dangerous elements, and their executibles
An embedded language should be as small as possible.
There should be a way to program logical relations.
We could make a language out of McCarthy's notes.
Lisp is too big and too complicated. We need something purer.
Shell scripts/awk/sed are inadequate.
There should be a language made *for* web programming.
Perl could be a hell of a lot simpler.
There are pieces in various languages that need to work together.
We need some kind of glue that will do that.
We need an easy/portable way to build GUIs.