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Timothy Rue [mailto:email@example.com] wrote:
> I don't claim to be a programming language creator, instead 3000+
> languages in less than 50 or so years should be enough to figure
> out that the limitations of programming languages are not going to
> be solved by creating another one.
I think programming languages today are better than they have
ever been, and that's precisely because there have been so many
people trying out so many different ideas and finding out what
works and what doesn't. And since the outlook for new languages is
better than it's ever been, I think in 50 years there will be
programming languages so beautiful they will make your heart break.
It took civilisation 4000 years to clue into the fact that putting
spaces between words made text more readable, and in 50 years the
programming language community has taken the state of the art from
something like COBOL to something like Haskell. Even joe coders like
me have Java and Python, so it's not just the elites who have
benefitted. I don't think the PL people have anything to apologize
about, and a great deal to be proud of.
- Re: SHEEP
- From: Morgan McGuire <firstname.lastname@example.org>