Well it’s been an interesting week, Carnegie-Mellon declares Object Oriented Programming dead, my dog has chewed up most of the cheap furniture getting her new teeth and so forth. Made me think about all of the things declared dead in software over my career, which no one can consider short anymore. Sigh.
In my career, let’s see what languages have been declared dead, but live on, and yes I know the title says Object Oriented Programming. Got distracted and this is what I wrote for the blog:
COBOL: Dead, until 2000, rose from the dead and lives on at insurance companies. Make it go away.
SNOBOL: Interesting language, not sure it ever left NSA, http://www.snobol4.org/
FORTRAN: Declared dead yearly from it’s creation, lived as an introduction to programming for engineers until the 1980s, a solid run
BASIC: Declared awful, evil, dead on a daily basis, lives on as Visual Basic
JAVA: Never, ever, declared dead, until Larry bought SUN, but Microsoft got Matt Thompson who I think will make C# and Azure really shine (This isn’t a suck up because he is my manager, doubtful if he reads this far down in my blogs.)
C#: Has a language ever been declared dead so often that it has a permanent head stone over at Rose Hills
F#: Wow, miscarriage? Dead before birth? Nope, excellent Functional Language that the purist will love and others will hate.,
C++: Students hate it, large projects often die from it, but it lives on.
C: Got nothing, easy to hate, easy to learn, never declared dead, except by frustrated programmers and shouldn't be in this list.
Objective-C: Really, I thought this died in 1993
ADA: The true language zombie
White Space: http://compsoc.dur.ac.uk/whitespace/
Brainf..k: It is dead because of the name, but it is pretty cool, I will let you fill in the two dots. http://www.muppetlabs.com/~breadbox/bf/ Seriously never point high schools students to this one.
FORTH: Dead, but run into people who still are using it. Similar to the BrainF..k. http://www.forth.org/, good for embedded systems
ALTAS: Abbreviated Test language for all systems, used to test avionic systems. Seriously I hope this is not dead since the shuttle still has a few missions.