Most popular programming languages 1965-2019 (visualised)

Chris wendlec at
Fri Oct 11 12:49:08 UTC 2019

On Friday, 11 October 2019 at 12:14:02 UTC, Ola Fosheim Grøstad 
> On Friday, 11 October 2019 at 12:00:38 UTC, Chris wrote:
>> returns). I have it on good authority that the civil service 
>> still uses assembler in certain areas (revenue). I wonder why?
> Interesting. Maybe they use assembler because a compiler could 
> inject malicious code?

My guess is that the civil servants that had learned how to 
program in assembler didn't want to change / retrain and since 
they couldn't be fired they continued using assembler, but it 
might also be a security issue. I know that the public sector 
often has the oldest systems for several reasons: 1. security and 
stability: an new system introduces new errors / vulnerabilities 
and they can't afford to "not work" for a day or two, 2. 
reluctance of employees to learn something new, 3. old contracts 
etc. Then again, they have no problem accidentally deleting all 
your records (has happened to thousands of people). Schools are 
often very conservative because a. teachers don't want to learn 
something new (_they_ are the teachers after all, why should they 
learn anything?), b. the IT guy (which is often a teacher) 
learned how to use Internet Explorer, and Chrome of Firefox is 
just too much! Personally, I couldn't live without checking out 
new technologies.

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