Re: What databases have taught me

From: paul c <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 17:12:06 GMT
Message-ID: <GRTog.107920$Mn5.74298_at_pd7tw3no>

Marshall wrote:
> Bob Badour wrote:

>> Marshall wrote:
>>> I also note (perhaps recklessly) than no dynamically typed
>>> language has ever achieved any significant marketshare,
>>> and that historically languages trickle down from academia
>>> and research institutions, and not up from the trenches.
>> Have you forgotten VisiCalc, Clipper and Turbo Pascal?

> I was speaking of trends rather than laws. Certainly Perl
> came up from the trenches. But I would rate Pascal as
> having come from Wirth. (Is TurboPascal a different
> language than Pascal?) I don't know much about clipper
> but I can't imagine its market share for developing software
> was ever all *that* large.
> But I will have to grant you the speadsheet! They are quite
> popular, are entirely commercial in origin, and I believe
> isomorphic to a functional programming language.
> Marshall

Maybe a useless comparison, but I sometimes think of spreadsheets as having taken sequence (and formula code) out of programs and rdbm's as having taken sequence (and names) out of programs (plus a lot of gobbledegook too).

p Received on Thu Jun 29 2006 - 19:12:06 CEST

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