America’s next top programming languages?

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My first feature article of the year is another piece for InfoWorld. This time, I’m looking at up-and-coming programming languages. You’ve heard of C, Java, Python, Ruby, and maybe even Haskell, OCaml, and Scala … but have you ever heard of Zimbu, Fantom, Chapel, or haXe? Probably not — but you may, soon. Some people say we already have more than enough programming languages. Others say the computing field is changing so rapidly that the same old languages can’t move fast enough, and the only way for developers to gain the agility they need is to start over from scratch. In this feature, I look at ten experimental programming languages, why they were invented, where you can get them, and why they matter.

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  1. I just read the Swedish translation of you ’10 experimental …’ at and noticed that the translater uses his own name as byline, giving the impression that he wrote the piece and not mentioning the original author. Maybe that’s part of your deal with IDG, that they can remove your name as they please, but I think it’s poor style not to acknowledge who really wrote the article.

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