Most popular programming languages 1965-2019 (visualised)

Ola Fosheim Grøstad ola.fosheim.grostad at
Fri Oct 11 06:55:07 UTC 2019

On Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 19:17:03 UTC, kinke wrote:
> Presumably the effect of a few opinionated decision makers in a 
> way-too-big corporation with a shameless preference for closed 
> ecosystems. Rightfully dropping into oblivion again by the 
> looks of it [the language, not the corporation ;)].

Not really oblivion.  You  still need Objective-C++ to interface 
gracefully with Swift, but yes, it is more of an interfacing tool 
than a productivity tool.

Anyway, NeXT wasn't a big corporation, but you are right that 
Jobs was opinionated. That said the dynamic aspects of 
Objective-C are suitable for GUI-development. And the big 
advertising point for NeXT was the OO GUI + hardware, so it made 
some sense as there were few available alternatives (Smalltalk 

It was kind of similar to Dart being plugged by Google for 
frontend development, not Go.

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