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Sarcasm, it does not travel thus far!

Neither does my sleeping patterns it seems sleepysmiley03.gif
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Neither does my sleeping patterns it seems sleepysmiley03.gif
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You were just trying to outsmart me tongue.gif

(Easy to do if you pick the right day wink.gif)
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lol
I think the shear variety of languages would demonstrate that if a concept is worth developing, someone would have developed it.
That said, I think B has been the most influential programming language in history. Without B, there wouldn't be C, C++, Objective-C nor C#. And JavaScript, Java, Go and Perl would look drastically different (if exist at all).
However, I wouldn't say even this would have a profound impact on the software landscape as if it wasn't for B, then we'd all probably be using Pascal derived languages instead (as many of us was before C/C++ took off)
Yup, well said.
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That said, I think B has been the most influential programming language in history. Without B, there wouldn't be C, C++, Objective-C nor C#. And JavaScript, Java, Go and Perl would look drastically different (if exist at all).

And D also. biggrin.gif
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Nar. If anything I was more surprised when I thought you hadn't heard of it.
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Nar. If anything I was more surprised when I thought you hadn't heard of it.

Excellent, Smithers... devil.gif
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C. So many things have their roots in C it's crazy. Most operating systems and drivers are still built in C. It was really the first general-purpose language that took off.
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If Objective C didn't exist the world would be a better place.
So true.
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C was really the first general-purpose language that took off.
It wasn't the first nor even the oldest remaining. Just off the top of my head I can name 7 languages that pre-date C: Assembler, COBOL, FORTRAN, JCL, BASIC, Lisp and Pascal:
  • JCL existed back in the early days of Unix before it was Unix (ie TSS).
  • COBOL was (and still is) used massively in financial establishments long before B even even existed (never mind any standardised format of C which we have today).
  • BASIC, well I don't really need to describe how widespread that language (and it's derivatives) have become.
  • Assembler, we've all heard of assembler as well.
  • Lisp these days is more an academic exercise - I'll grant you that. But Lisp also pre-dates B.
  • Pascal was the primary language for early personal computers (even as late as Apple II and Windows 2.0).
  • I don't really know a whole lot about FORTRAN over than it was popular prior to the emergence of Pascal.

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Only if you ignore Assembler, COBOL, FORTRAN, JCL, BASIC, Lisp and Pascal.
  • JCL existed back in the early days of Unix before it was Unix (ie TSS).
  • COBOL was (and still is) used massively in financial establishments long before B even even existed (never mind any standardised format of C which we have today).
  • BASIC, well I don't really need to describe how widespread that language (and it's derivatives) have become.
  • Assembler, we've all heard of assembler as well.
  • Lisp these days is more an academic exercise - I'll grant you that. But Lisp also pre-dates B.
  • Pascal was the primary language for early personal computers (even as late as Apple II and Windows 2.0).
  • I don't really know a whole lot about FORTRAN over than it was popular prior to the emergence of Pascal.

Fortran is still used in mathematics and science due to its strength with numbers.

COBOL is really only used on big iron mainframe. Those have mostly been phased out but I know my mother-in-law still work in it for a major financial company.
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