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Code


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A decade or so ago
I had a book which,
Between red covers,
Had about 360 pp.

Written by a woman
From UT Austin it
Had a paragraph for
Every computer
Language that has
Ever existed.

I would suggest that
About 1/4 or 1/2 of those
Languages no longer
Exist and, although
I haven’t done a search
I suggest that such

A book written now
Would be 2 or 3 times
That length, listing
Many more which
Have also gone out
Of existence or use.

I am familiar with upwards
Of 20 computer languages
And am on nodding terms
With 20 or 30 more if we
The various flavours of
C.

Code is what we write
Using a computer language
I suppose it is best thought
Of as the stuff that computers
Understand – if you get it
Right, that is.

When I first started writing
Code using FORTAN it was
Hard to think of it being
A language. Object oriented
Language has changed all
That. Each computer language
Has a set of rules which don’t
Differ very much from one
One to the next.

Computer languages have
Evolved as with C and natural
Language and some die in
The same way through
Lack of use. Computer language
Still uses a keyboard which in
The majority of  natuaral
Languages is the QWERTY

Your cell phone uses the same
One thing that does not change
When you learn first learn a
Computer language; your first
Programme is Always, “Hello world.”
Of course I have never learned why
That is.

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 27 June, 2016

 

 

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