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Offline Lord_of_the_Dense

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Need help with outdated programing languages
« on: August 06, 2007, 08:30:28 PM »

This should be relatively quick for anyone who programs.

I am too lazy/busy to search for all possible languages and am not interested in going into my 100 degree garage to write down all the books I have that may or not be of use.

Put simply, I have a small bookcase of dozens of programming books, most of which have to be anywhere from 5-10 years old. I have not touched them for 3 years and doubt I will if they are outdated/obsolete. What I need is a list of either officially outdated languages or a list of current ones that will not be outdated any time soon.

The books are going to charity. I know that seems silly (outdated books) but I feel better doing that vs. tossing them in the garbage or burning them. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Need help with outdated programing languages
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2007, 04:42:19 AM »
You ask a simple question but I doubt there is a simple answer.

Eg I taught Fortran IVb to students in 1973 and applied it on punched tape and cards to an IBM 1130 mainframe computer. You'd think that that language isn't used anymore and you'd be right where computer courses are concerned. However, a former student contacted me a few months ago and asked me to review a program he'd written  in Fortran IVb! A comma was misplaced. he needed to run it on a nearly new computer, which had the compiler for Fortran installed for running an engineering project.

Also BASIC and PASCAL are still used in school programming courses even though they too are 30+ years old.

Ironically, the languages, or their dialects, that are most likely to be dated are the newer Java and other flash codes that become superceded annually. Even those might be needed on older platforms that cannot run the newer versions!

Good luck!


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