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Languages used for IT infrastructure don't have expiration dates. COBOL's been around for 60 years—and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. We maintain billions of lines of classic code for mainframes. But we're also building new infrastructures for the cloud in languages like Go. COBOL was a giant leap for computers to [...]
Tue, Aug 20, 2019
Source: RedHat
Languages come and go. A few have the right stuff to rise to the top—and fewer stay there. Perl had a spectacular rise, a quiet slump, and has now found its place in the world of programming. Perl seemed destined to rule the web. Michael Stevenson and Mike Bursell describe how [...]
Tue, Aug 06, 2019
Source: RedHat
A mission to set the course of the world wide web in its early days. 10 days to get it done. The result? An indispensable language that changed everything. JavaScript was the underdog that won against all odds. Clive Thompson recounts the browser wars and how much the fallout influenced the [...]
Tue, Jul 23, 2019
Source: RedHat
Becoming a programmer used to require a Ph.D. and having access to some serious hardware. Then, in 1965, a couple of engineers had a radical idea: make it easier for people to get started. Beginner languages, like BASIC, burst the doors to coding wide open. Tom Cormen and Denise Dumas recall [...]
Tue, Jul 09, 2019
Source: RedHat
A benevolent dictator for life steps down and changes the course of the Python language forever. Guido van Rossum's “Transfer of Power” memo brings attention to the way programming languages evolve. In this episode, Emily Morehouse makes the connection between Python's technical extensibility and its inclusive community. Michael Kennedy explains how [...]
Tue, Jun 25, 2019
Source: RedHat
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