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The History Of Programming Languages [Infographic]

3 Years Ago By Richard Darell

Did you know there are over 1.2 million programmers in the United States? That’s a lot of people pushing code each and every day. No wonder the Internet’s innovation level is so high. The multifaceted programming languages available today allow for pretty much anything to be created online or offline. But it hasn’t always been that way. The history of programming languages goes far back – all the way back to 1883 when Ada Lovelace created the first algorithm for the Analytical Engine.

There is so much to be said about programming languages in general. There’s more than I could possibly fit within this article. But we don’t have to delve into each specific programming language in order to get a good overview of the history of it all. All we really need to do is consult an infographic called The History Of Programming Languages presented by Veracode.

The most progressive programming languages today (as compared by how many people used them back in 2012) is Objective-C and Ruby. These programming languages are becoming ever more popular and could become the backbone of programming overall in as little as one to two years from now. It of course depends on whether or not people keep adopting them at the same rate as they have been over the last couple of years.

The two most used languages are of course Java and C, both made popular by their simple syntax and programming structures. The most popular computer programming languages throughout the years have not been the same though. By looking at this infogarphic, we can easily see that some of the more “ancient” programming languages are still used today by prominent solutions that we are all familiar with. I am thinking about Skype in particular, which uses Pascal (maybe even Delphi, which is based on the Pascal language) to produce their stellar online calling application.

Have a look at this quite geeky historical timeline of when and who created the world’s most used computer programming languages. It will serve you well if you want to become a magnate in today’s Internet driven society.

A Computer Geek’s History Of Programming Languages

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Via: [visual.ly]

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2 Comments

james m

April 27th, 2013

At the risk of showing my age, you left out the grandaddy of them all Basic Assembler Language (BAL). Taught it before COBOL…

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All_Day_SCI-fi

April 29th, 2013

The weird thing is that they usually try to teach programming without explaining how a von Neumann machine works.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dg96tefnEU

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