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A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

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Found this on reddit, thought it was hilarious. Figured I'd share:

http://james-iry.blo...tly-wrong.html?
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:46 PM

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1972 - Dennis Ritchie invents a powerful gun that shoots both forward and backward simultaneously. Not satisfied with the number of deaths and permanent maimings from that invention he invents C and Unix.


pure win
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:02 PM

It's been hilarious every time I've seen it so far, and it still is. Beautiful.
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:03 PM

The Scheme, Objective-C, and Perl ones were hilarious. They were all pretty funny.

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1972 - Dennis Ritchie invents a powerful gun that shoots both forward and backward simultaneously. Not satisfied with the number of deaths and permanent maimings from that invention he invents C and Unix.



pure win


I didn't get that one.

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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:48 PM

The idea is that C gives you all the rope you need to hang yourself, and then just sits back and waits.
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:08 PM

View PostCurtis Rutland, on 24 January 2012 - 07:48 PM, said:

The idea is that C gives you all the rope you need to hang yourself, and then just sits back and waits.


Lol. I see. Yeah, pointers can definitely make you shoot yourself in the foot (or in the face).

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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:24 AM

This is pure awesome.

Favorite:
1995 - At a neighborhood Italian restaurant Rasmus Lerdorf realizes that his plate of spaghetti is an excellent model for understanding the World Wide Web and that web applications should mimic their medium. On the back of his napkin he designs Programmable Hyperlinked Pasta (PHP). PHP documentation remains on that napkin to this day.


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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:31 AM

This was my favorite:

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In spite of its lack of popularity, LISP (now "Lisp" or sometimes "Arc") remains an influential language in "key algorithmic techniques such as recursion and condescension"[2].

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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 25 January 2012 - 08:56 AM

Thanks for sharing this. Haha xD
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:27 PM

View Postmacosxnerd101, on 25 January 2012 - 03:31 PM, said:

This was my favorite:

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In spite of its lack of popularity, LISP (now "Lisp" or sometimes "Arc") remains an influential language in "key algorithmic techniques such as recursion and condescension"[2].


I like that one just because it wasn't another tasteless joke about parentheses.

As a matter of fact, almost none of these are reiterations of ancient and tired jokes. They all bring something new to the table.
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:29 PM

The sentence immediately before that was "Due to high costs caused by a post-war depletion of the strategic parentheses reserve LISP never becomes popular[1]" (footnote: Fortunately for computer science the supply of curly braces and angle brackets remains high.)

So...it did kinda make the same tired joke. It just added some to it.
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Re: A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages

Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:55 PM

Right, he did make a parentheses joke, but it wasn't an old and tired one and it was qualified with a totally unrelated remark.
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