Most popular programming languages 1965-2019 (visualised)

IGotD- nise at
Fri Oct 11 11:23:34 UTC 2019

On Friday, 11 October 2019 at 11:08:55 UTC, Chris wrote:
>> the best apps/games were written in pure machine language to 
>> get most out of very limited hardware. Embedded programming 
>> was also typically done in machine language.

This is actually an urban legend. The applications that needed 
most of performance in the 1980s were mostly written C (Borland C 
was really popular during the 80s) with a few optimized parts 
done in assembler. Very few programs were done in pure assembler. 
There wasn't any need to write everything in assembler except 
certain optimized loops.

It is simple check this as you can just search your old DOS .exe 
file for Borland for example and you will be surprised how many 
DOS programs used C during the 80s.

I suspect as previously mentioned that this survey is based on 
large companies. Ada has a suspiciously large cut during the 80s. 
Also what is based on? Per worker, per product, per company? Ada 
was probably big during the 80s because it was the height of the 
cold war but still a bit too high I think.

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