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|From:||Rui Maciel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:52:47 +0000|
|Organization:||Aioe.org NNTP Server|
|Keywords:||design, question, comment|
|Posted-Date:||07 Mar 2012 22:59:56 EST|
While reading slashdot, I've stumbled on the following blog entry:
Research in Programming Languages
Is there still research to be done in Programming Languages?
- But the truth of the matter is that ever since I finished my Ph.D. in the
late 90s, and especially since I joined the ranks of Academia, I have been
having a hard time convincing myself that research in PLs is a worthy
- And herebs the first itchy point: there appears to be no correlation
between the success of a programming language and its emergence in the form
of someonebs doctoral or post-doctoral work. This bothers me a lot, as an
academic. It appears that deep thoughts, consistency, rigor and all other
things we value as scientists arenbt that important for mass adoption of
- And, finally, all of these new languages, even when created over a week as
someone's pet project, sit on the shoulders of all things that existed
before. This leads me to the second itch: one striking commonality in all
modern programming languages, especially the popular ones, is how little
innovation there is in them!
- So one pertinent question is: given that not much seems to have emerged
since 1979 (that's 30+ years!), is there still anything to innovate in
programming languages? Or have we reached the asymptotic plateau of
innovation in this area?
So, what are your views on this subject?
[Personally, I'd say there's been precious little new in programming
languages since Simula gave us OOP in the late 1960s. In your responses,
please remember this is comp.compilers, not comp.semicolon-placement.flame.
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