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languages (the computer kind)

The monthly cycle of magazines has come and past. One of the mags had a list of the most popular languages, with Java being first.

Do I care about lists? Really, though, I care more about what programming language that I am most familiar with and that is most suitable for a given project.

The languages that I am most familiar with are C (low-level work), C# (Web stuff at work), Ruby (personal stuff and what needs scripting fast) and PHP (Web stuff at work and at home). As for other languages:

None of these languages (except maybe C) even existed when I first started computer science at Ball State. It was FORTRAN, COBOL, PL/I and the crudest form of BASIC. And programs were punched into cards with typewriter-like machines, or typed into terminals that were little more than cable TV screens with keyboards.

Yeah, I'm that old.

Posted on the Dysmey Blog on 17 June 2007.