Do you remember programming languages?

Mike Papazoglou gave an interesting keynote talk at ENASE 2009 in Milan last week. I especially enjoyed this sentence:

Do you remember programming languages?

He said that in a longing, melancholic tone, as if he was reaching deep inside his memories of long gone conferences of yore when people actually discussed programming languages. It’s true. We don’t discuss programming languages nowadays. They seem to have been relegated to specialised conferences. Programming used to be most of what software was. Today, it’s just a small part. A very small one.

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2 Responses to “Do you remember programming languages?”


  1. 1 fernan 14 September 2009 at 16:35

    It used to be a time when programming languages evolved rapidly and they need to constantly adapt to hardware improvements. There were alternative languages out there, and none seemed to prevail over the others. I’m talking about the beginnings of the object-oriented programming era of course.
    Nowadays Java and .Net had finally taken advantage over the other programming platforms, turning themselves into a the facto standards.
    It’s just like Cobol dominated in the previous structured programming era.
    There is no need to talk about alternative languages, there is no major changes in our hardware or in the way the Internet works, where XML is the dominant language.
    The future changes in programming languages I predict will be related to Artificial Intelligence machines, we will see…


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