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A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted on May 25th, 2014 at 14:25 by John Sinteur in category: Software -- Write a comment


1801 – Joseph Marie Jacquard uses punch cards to instruct a loom to weave “hello, world” into a tapestry. Redditers of the time are not impressed due to the lack of tail call recursion, concurrency, or proper capitalization.

  1. “1965 – Kemeny and Kurtz go to 1964.”

    “1986 – Brad Cox and Tom Love create Objective-C, announcing “this language has all the memory safety of C combined with all the blazing speed of Smalltalk.” Modern historians suspect the two were dyslexic.”


  2. In the early 1990’s I used Smalltalk to prototype some really wonky stuff that I later implemented in C++. Now, that code runs about 80-90% of the semiconductor fabs in the world…

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