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The Evolution of Computer Programming Languages [Infographic]

Curious about the programming languages in use all around you? This timeline-style infographic highlights the major programming languages of the last 50 years and where you, indirectly, experience them.

The Evolution of Computer Languages [Rackspace via ExtremeTech]

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  • Published 08/2/11

Comments (24)

  1. Hayden

    No matter what the charts say, Python will always have a special place in my heart.

  2. Justin

    C#: 4th on the popularity chart and not even mentioned.

  3. Joe

    I’d like to forward a copy of this to several friends. No amount of fiddling gets
    the job done – Please help, anyone.

    Joe

  4. Joe

    A message for Jason Fitzpatrick…..
    Can you email a copy of the chart?

    Joe

  5. dima

    c# is my favorite too

  6. PrathviRaj

    My love C is placed second :)

  7. ashu

    Ashu don’t know programming, he love testing.

  8. Andrew James

    I hated learning Cobol. So frustrating to use. So useless to me.
    If it wish it hadn’t been part of my course requirements (apparently it no longer is, if I had just studied the year after!)

    I remember learning Basic at school when I was 14. That was actually interesting.
    But Cobol when I’m 19. Ahhhh Horrible!

  9. Ramdev baba

    I love only one language “Yoga language”….bole to “body language”…..heheheheheehe :)

  10. Mats Svensson

    Whenever a geek gets bored,
    a syntax… erm programming-language i mean,
    is born.

  11. Ash

    Hi…

    What about “Logo” ?

    And, what languages used by ms Windows ?

    Tnx.

  12. Abrahão

    @ash

    Ms windows uses c/c++ :)

  13. ddh

    I took classes of COBOL at NCR Sugar Camp in Dayton, OH a long time ago.
    It was very hard to learn and we used the punch cards to compile the
    program.

  14. Dave Naves

    Thanks for posting this great infographic!

    #justbroughtateartomyeye

    =)

  15. ash

    Tnx Abrahão (-:

  16. Greggie

    What about APL? Strange enough it’s A Programing Language! It was a POWERFUL mathematical language and it was first used in IBM’s 5100 small computer! I used to love it and programed it a lot during my time with IBM but of course it died and I was laid off :-(

  17. Tom

    I’d say this is more of a flowchart than an infographic.

    Still, pretty cool!

  18. MTG

    Greggie: APL was an interpreter; you didn’t compiled the source in order to get an “object” – an executeable like with the other “Programming Languages”; each time you run the “program”, APL interpreted the source line after line.
    And hey, where is PL/1 !?! “Programming Language 1″ was developed in the early 1970’s. It was kind of a mix of Fortran and Cobol, the goodies from each.

  19. kbscores

    I <3 Assembly.

  20. Sream

    Ruby on rails – used by Diaspora… :)

  21. Ken Starks

    FORTH !

  22. Ken Starks

    … and BCPL, but not such a nice memory !

  23. Ken Starks

    and POSTSCRIPT; yes it is a language ! Everyone uses it or one of its offshoots, but hardly any one programmes it.

  24. Tambok

    Java Rule!!!!

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