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View Poll Results: Which programming language do you prefer to use?
A 1 5.26%
B 0 0%
C 8 42.11%
C++ 6 31.58%
C# 0 0%
Other 4 21.05%
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Old 05-25-2017, 12:28 AM   #1
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Do you prefer B, C, C++, or C# ?


Hello,

Which programming language do you prefer to use for programming, between the famous programming languages: A, B, C, C++, or C#?

Here few examples of syntax:

Code:
/* A TUTORIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE LANGUAGE B
B. W. Kernighan Bell Laboratories, New Jersey,
January 1973 - first documented "hello, world!" */
main( ) {
 extrn a, b, c;
 putchar (a); putchar (b); putchar (c); putchar ('!*n');
}
a 'hell' ;
b 'o, w' ;
c 'orld' ;
Code:
/* C: "Hello, world!" */
#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
int main()
{
   printf("Hello world \n"); return 0;
}
Code:
// C#: "Hello, world!"
using System;
class HelloWorld {
 public static int Main(String[] args) {
 Console.WriteLine("Hello, world!");
 return 0;
 }
}

Code:
// C++: "Hello, world!"
#include <iostream>
int main() {
 std::cout << "Hello, world!" << std::endl;
}
 
Old 05-25-2017, 03:25 AM   #2
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I'm not a computer science historian and not even that old, but which language do you mean by A? I can only find early members of ALGOL family (ALGOL 58, ALGOL 60), then CPL, BCPL, B, and finally C. I don't see A anywhere.

Why include language like B which is almost extinct and only interesting to those learning history of computer science? Wouldn't it be better to list modern languages like D, Go and Rust instead? After all, your poll is about preference in using languages.

Also why mention C# in this list? Because of its name? C# is Microsoft's alternative to Java (at least that's how I see it), so why Java isn't listed?
 
Old 05-25-2017, 04:09 AM   #3
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Because C# was recommended by a friend of mine into the above list.




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I'm not a computer science historian and not even that old, but which language do you mean by A? I can only find early members of ALGOL family (ALGOL 58, ALGOL 60), then CPL, BCPL, B, and finally C. I don't see A anywhere.
A was before B. It wasn't well documented.
There might be eventually some historical data in Bell lab museums...

Edit: B is still being used today.

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Old 05-25-2017, 04:16 AM   #4
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One may assume A refers to Assembly or Autocode.

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Old 05-25-2017, 04:25 AM   #5
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Which is your favourite human language?

Sumerian

Phoenician

French

Canadian French

Japanese

Other

 
Old 05-25-2017, 04:28 AM   #6
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@hydrurga: lol, excellent joke and comparison of the list of choices. I fully agree with you. Sumerian was a brilliant idea in the list. What about Mesopotamian also? Latin?

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One may assume A refers to Assembly or Autocode.
Have you ever heard of W?

@hydrurga:
The vote "A" is really fun. No one can even run it, except if you have a PDP in your museum Maybe you still have a PDP at work...

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Old 05-25-2017, 04:56 AM   #7
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@hydrurga: lol, excellent joke and comparison of the list of choices. I fully agree with you. Sumerian was a brilliant idea in the list. What about Mesopotamian also? Latin?

Have you ever heard of W?


Without wanting to derail your thread any further, apart from my little silly quip, there wasn't, as far as I can see, any language that we call Mesopotamian - they spoke Sumerian, Akkadian and other languages (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesopo...ge_and_writing).

For those interested in a list of languages by first written account, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...itten_accounts

And, to get the thread back on topic, here's a very interesting timeline of programming languages:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeli...ming_languages

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Old 05-25-2017, 05:03 AM   #8
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Without wanting to derail your thread any further, apart from my little silly quip, there wasn't, as far as I can see, any language that we call Mesopotamian - they spoke Sumerian, Akkadian and other languages (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesopo...ge_and_writing).

For those interested in a list of languages by first written account, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...itten_accounts

And, to get the thread back on topic, here's a very interesting timeline of programming languages:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeli...ming_languages
On wikipedia it gives:
Quote:
The history of written Sumerian can be divided into several periods:
Archaic Sumerian – 31st–26th century BC
Old or Classical Sumerian – 26th–23rd century BC
Neo-Sumerian – 23rd–21st century BC
Late Sumerian – 20th–18th century BC
Post-Sumerian – after 1700 BC
What was the language before Sumerian? How long spans the time of Sumerian civilization? I read that archeos have difficulties to read find it out.
 
Old 05-25-2017, 05:32 AM   #9
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Edit: B is still being used today.
Can you give an example of B being used in real world? Is it used mostly in legacy systems or, more importantly, are there any new projects started in B?
 
Old 05-25-2017, 05:46 AM   #10
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Can you give an example of B being used in real world? Is it used mostly in legacy systems or, more importantly, are there any new projects started in B?
Yes, I can give few examples. Of course, today, C* is being used for new projects.
 
Old 05-25-2017, 05:49 AM   #11
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My first choice would be Pascal, but I also like D, rust, and Oberon II.
Ruby, Python, Perl, LISP, ALGOL, FORTRAN, MicroFocus Object Oriented COBOL, and Smalltalk have a place here also.
It really depends upon the project.
 
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My first choice would be Pascal, but I also like D, rust, and Oberon II.
Ruby, Python, Perl, LISP, ALGOL, FORTRAN, MicroFocus Object Oriented COBOL, and Smalltalk have a place here also.
It really depends upon the project.
Also a very nice set of choice.
(except Python)
 
Old 05-26-2017, 03:22 PM   #13
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Please remember that the Programming forum is intended for seeking answers to programming questions.

As this thread and poll are intended to ask opinions rather than specific programming related question it has been moved to the more appropriate General forum.
 
Old 05-27-2017, 12:29 PM   #14
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One may assume A refers to Assembly or Autocode.
No: it's a derivative of APL and (as far as I know) replaced by A+. I learned the rudiments of APL back in the 80s, only to find that it wasn't suitable for what I intended to do — £100 wasted, if I remember rightly. I'm still using the Basic code I wrote instead, though.

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Can you give an example of B being used in real world? Is it used mostly in legacy systems or, more importantly, are there any new projects started in B?
It's still used under the GCOS operating system, which Bull say they'll support until at least 2025, so it's legacy. But legacy languages can survive for years: think of COBOL.
 
Old 05-27-2017, 01:08 PM   #15
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C is my favorite. But I prefer to use C++ for Gui. But this poll should have the current most popular languages for better comparison. It would than be very useful for beginners deciding which language to learn.
 
  


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