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Programming Languages Can't Beat Version 6 Curse
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Charlie Babcock
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9/4/2014 | 6:44:26 PM
What it takes to reach a new level of abstraction
Each successive era seems to produce a round of languages that solve a set of problems that earlier ones failed to address. Then, somewhere between versions 5 and 7, they run into the limitations of their own assumptions and it takes a new language, incorporating their advances, to reach a higher level of abstraction. Ah, that's the explanation I offer when I"m pretending to be a computer science professor.
Thomas Claburn
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9/4/2014 | 4:07:56 PM
I suspect...
...that each version takes a year or two and 5-10 years coincides with major technology changes or with the amount of time it takes to get a 1.0 version of a new language out that addresses the cruft in some other language.


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