Friday, January 30, 2009

The goal for programming languages

I want the computer to do what I want it to do in the most painless (neigh, pleasant even!) way possible for me. C++ is not the language that will make the future happen. It gets horribly complex when you start doing anything advanced with templates. All these computers shipping now have idle processors just sitting there, right? I'd switch languages and take a performance hit in a heartbeat, if it will make doing easy things easy, and also make running on multiple processors not too hard.

What will programming languages be like in 100 years? If people are still using C++ in 100 years and through the miracle of modern medicine we all get to live to be too old, I pledge to kill myself in protest when I'm 130 years of age.

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