Most popular programming languages 1965-2019 (visualised)

Laeeth Isharc laeeth at
Mon Oct 14 16:33:22 UTC 2019

On Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 19:17:03 UTC, kinke wrote:
> On Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 16:32:44 UTC, Ethan wrote:
>> While not unsurprising, it was still fascinating watching 
>> Objective-C come out of nowhere to get in the list 25 years 
>> after it was first released.
> 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 ;)].

Next wasn't big at the time.  They needed to do something to 
increase developer productivity for gui.  Objective C was one 
early answer.  Company developed to commercialise it got crushed 
by C++.  Jobs was already using Obj C and licensed it and hired 
programmers from that company.

So there are all kinds of ways things can happen and sometimes 
the path is quite unexpected.

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