What do you think are the '7 wonders' of the coding world?
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  1. Smalltalk – see Smalltalk and the Future of the Software Industry
  2. C++ – the biggest and most complex programming language ever created
  3. JavaScript – the biggest con job in programming ever created
  4. Go – the fastest growing programming language in history: zero to nearly top tier in less than 7 years!
  5. Java – replacing COBOL as the enterprise programming language; it is far, far ahead of all other languages in terms of popularity and job demand
  6. Python – how did this relatively slow scripting language manage to become so popular for numerical computing, machine learning, data science, IoT, web development?
  7. Lisp/Scheme – a homoiconic wonder with superb macro extensibility

Honourable mentions go to:

  • C – it underpins the entire IT industry (which includes Linux)
  • Forth – how can such a ridiculously simple language be so capable?
  • Emacs and vim – the “great” programming editors
  • OOP (object-oriented programming) – this programming paradigm has ruled the IT industry for more than three decades and shows no sign of loosening its grip, not even in the face of FP

Laxmi Apr 11, 2017
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