History of Programming Languages
The first programming languages were developed before the computer. These languages were codes that were used for calculations and tracking information. Census data and translations were aided by codes that were invented out of necessity. Later the programming languages helped create the first computers and were specific to their applications.
Don’t Need to Reinvent the Language Wheel
Like spoken languages, programming languages have evolved from earlier iterations. For example, Java derives much of its syntax from C++, which evolved from C, which in turn, comes from languages in the ALGOL tradition. Spoken languages rarely come from nowhere. The same is true of programming.
Today, the list of programming languages, alive and dead, rivals the languages spoken on the planet (alive and dead). And this evolution of programming languages will continue as long as people are using computers, whatever form they take. Languages grow and develop as the needs of the users change so the history of language is completely interwoven with the history of its users. You could say it IS the history of its users. The future of programming languages will involve new technology such as cloud storage and cloud computing and countless unforeseen technologies. These new developments require a new way of thinking and communicating to evolve from the languages that currently are in use.
There is nothing that can stop the evolution of languages whether spoken or coded. It is happening as you read this sentence and it will happen long after we are all gone or after we ourselves have been encoded into the cloud. This topic could fill a book, but hopefully this little post provides some food for thought.
Cloud computing is creating a need for translating across programming language as well as