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Apr
5

Most(ly dead) Influential Programming Languages

Another highly influential programming language not listed in the article is Self (http://www.selflanguage.org). Although I’ve taken two graduate-level courses in programming language theory, I didn’t learn about Self until just a few years ago when I was bitten by the Smalltalk and Lisp bugs and started reading about the history of these languages and their environments. One of Self’s most significant contributions is the idea of prototype-based programming, which is the influence behind JavaScript’s traditional lack of classes (though newer versions of JavaScript have support for classes).

I don’t know if Self was ever commercialized; I do know that once Java was released Sun focused much of its attention on promoting Java at the exclusion of other object-oriented environments that Sun invested in (such as the OpenStep Objective-C API, which was actually jointly developed by NeXT and Sun). But Self is probably one of the most influential programming languages; it’s

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May
12

The 50 Most Influential Gadgets Of All Time

 Shopping for gifts for an aged member of the family is typically troublesome. Shopping for prepared meals is dear, so it could be time to take a position properly and fill your presses with a couple of useful kitchen gadgets to cut down on the time you spend in the kitchen getting ready meals. By the early 1990s, having a pager became a status symbol, paving the way for extra superior communication gadgets like the 2-way pager, the cellphone, and ultimately the smartphone.

The 6210 let customers check e-mail, make cellphone calls, ship text messages, handle their calendar, and extra all from a single system. Not only do we cowl digital objects purchased and owned by you and family members of the family but we additionally embody desktop PCs, laptops and scanners, iPads and iPhones.

Clockwork units have been around now for hundreds of years, but it is just … Read More