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Cleanup and historical prose[edit]

From Wikipedia:Cleanup#September_12 ...

  • History of programming languages - no prose; just a list of links to articles about programming languages arranged in order of their invention; doesn't make any sense --Szyslak

I've turned this into a list of major programming laguages with years, and see also to Timeline of programming languages. I leave it to others to put in historical prose. ;-) -- sabre23t 03:09, 19 Sep 2004 (UTC)

  • Someone has suggested that some of the HOPL page content be merged in here. I, for one, dislike this idea. HOPL is a unique conference in that it goes into depth on important languages (once every 15 years). As part of the preparation for HOPL III, the program committee is trying to create a community view of the history of the classes of languages covered by the HOPL III. Hence the history material in the HOPL III page is not a fully general history, rather it concentrates on material associated with the specific information to be in the conference. We would like the experiment to continue here on Wikipedia --n2cjn
    • I would concur. HOPL is a very specific and well-defined topic. I'm a little surprised that it has its own entry, but it serves little purpose to merge it with this entry. A B Carter (talk) 21:36, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
  • It seems as if there is no more discussion regarding merger at this time. Can we remove the link on the main page? --n2cjn

Hollerith card size[edit]

I removed part of a sentence that talked about Hollerith punched cards being the same size as the dollar bill, because:

  • it's irrelevant to this "History of Programming Languages" article.
  • it's already covered (in more detail) in Punched card.
  • it's probably just an urban legend, anyway.

T-bonham (talk) 08:21, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Why is there no mention of SNOBOL (esp SNOBOL4)? This was an influential language, and not merely because of a "string-oriented" paradigm. It was much more "high-level" than LISP, more on the level of APL in that regard. VinnieMan (talk) 02:57, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

Shell scripting languages[edit]

First, I want to congratulate all who made this article so well-written.

Now, shouldn't it also mention shell scripting languages beginning in the (70s?)? It seems that a defining feature of this paradigm is the emphasis on files, in contrast to, say C. -Pgan002 (talk) 02:20, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Praise[edit]

Outstanding job people!!! I saw a lot of that history first hand, and this article does an excellent job of documenting a difficult subject. 20:12, 26 May 2010 (codeslinger) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 63.229.1.210 (talk)