Thursday, 29 July 2010

Lots of Tiny Languages - All Different

The MIT Technology Review reports on the Emerging Language Camp. This looks like an indication of things to come. The article makes an interesting point that existing mainstream languages were designed for computational architectures that are rapidly becoming outdated. Software systems  are no longer based on single-processors, single-heaps, and reliable in-core execution paradigms. There seems to be increasing interest in languages that are not exclusively based around the all-conquering OO message-and-state mechanisms that emerged in the 80's. Part of the change seems to be driven by the rise of mobile devices and new styles of device interface. Is the era of the 'big language' (C++, Java) over?

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