Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Good rant on programming language design

I found this rant interesting.

It's rather strongly worded at times (it is a rant, after all, but I think the author makes some excellent points.

I felt his pain about the appearance of:

just another language written first for the compiler and only secondarily for the programmer --- and stuck in a 70s mindset* about the relationship of that programmer to the (digital) world within which they live and work

And I appreciated his observation that:

- programming languages are for *programmers* --- not compilers and compiler-writers
- until you make the everyday, "simple" things simple, it will continue to be a dark art practiced by fewer and fewer

Is it time for a Great New Programming Language? It's been 15 years since Java and JavaScript. What language will be that next language?

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