by Conrad Weisert
© 2003 Information Disciplines, Inc., Chicago
Programming Languages in 1988
Fifteen years ago vigorous arguments were raging about the relative merits of: small programming languages (e.g. C, Pascal) versus large ones (e.g. PL/I, Ada). Conventional wisdom at the time and the momentum of both academic and industry trends favored small languages and disparaged large ones as obsolete "dinosaurs".
I joined the debate with a paper The Case for Large Languages at the May 8-11 conference of the Structured Techniques Association.
Programming Languages in 2003
It's almost irresitably tempting to go back and annotate the earlier paper taking notice of programming language developments since 1988. However, I'll limit my comments to these few observations:
Take a look at the original paper and make your own judgments.
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