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Do programmers have a mother tongue/first [programming] language? [on hold]

When talking about real [spoken/written] languages everyone has a first language the one that was learnt first and well. They studied this language every well, know the grammar very well can express ...
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Go-like interfaces + multi-methods make sense?

Thinking about the design of a potential new language, I wonder how related are the concepts of built a OO similar to GO interfaces and multi-methods (I get this from ...
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Is OCaml any good for numerical analysis?

I'm currently using C and some FORTRAN to solve numerically systems of differential equations. I'm a bit fed up with both of these languages but I need to have some (rather) efficient code... I'm ...
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Programming Languages “Higher Level” Than Python [closed]

In general, I have been presented with these sorts of heirarchies for programming language abstraction: Assembly < C < C++ < Java < Python where C abstracts less than C++ and so on. You ...
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Is there a correlation between the scale of the project and the strictness of the language?

Explaining the difference between strictness of languages and paradigms to a colleague of mine, I ended up asserting that: Tolerant languages, such as dynamic and interpreted languages, are used ...
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When creating an open source project, is coding in VB.net a bad idea? [closed]

I am planning on creating an open source project, however, I was wondering if developers tend to steer away from projects that are coded in VB.net, even if they know VB.net. From what I have read, ...
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Choosing the right language for the job

I'm currently working for a company on the engineering team of about 5-6 people and have been given the job of heading up the redesign of an embedded system tester. We've decided the general ...
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Is VB.NET a viable migration path for an application currently scripted in VBScript? [closed]

Our C++ MFC application gives the user the ability to define custom scripts in vbscript (via the VBScript engine). Since (parts of) the application are moving to .NET anyway, and since vbscript seems ...
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Why do people consider Python a weak language? [closed]

I've been using Python for a little while now and I am enjoying it, but a few of my friends are telling me to start using a language like C# or Java instead and give these reasons: Python is a ...
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parallel computing list of objects

I have a list of objects that all require the exact same filtering, basically a set of conditionals in a function which outputs if the object is "good" or "bad". I want to keep all of my "good" ...
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When is Java a good choice for web development? [closed]

When is Java a good choice for web development? Please do not say "When you have a development team that knows only Java."
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How to choose the right web development language for my app without much programming experience? [closed]

I have my own idea for a web application, and I am not a programmer. The application will work similar to Facebook and Twitter, profiles and feeds. I have learned some computer science theory, all ...
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Choosing a suitable language and framework [closed]

I'm writing a small webpage that will allow the user to download small tools to run locally, I'm thinking what might be a suitable choice of language for the small tools. There will be a rather large ...
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Why do operating systems do low level stuff in C and C++? Why not just C++?

On the Wikipedia page for Windows, it states the Windows is written in Assembly for the bootloader and task switcher, and C and C++ for kernel routines. IIRC, you can call C++ functions from an ...
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How should I start with Lisp?

I've been programming for years now, working my way through various iterations of Blub (BASIC, Assembler, C, C++, Visual Basic, Java, Ruby in no particular order of "Blub-ness") and I'd like to learn ...
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What operating systems are used in airplanes, and what programming languages are they developed in?

I was wondering if anyone knows what is the operating system used in commercial airplanes (say Boeing or Airbus). Also, what is the (preferred) real-time programing language? I heard that Ada is used ...
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Are programming languages pretty much “stable” for now? [closed]

Recently i have looked at the "timeline" of Programming Languages and while a lot has changed in the past 5-10 years, there are a lot of languages that have pretty much "stayed" the same in their ...
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Dealing with Fanboys [closed]

We've all probably met someone like this, that developer who just knows that his language is the one true language and won't shut up about it. How do you deal like someone like this? I don't want to ...
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Is it easier to write robust code in compiled, strictly-typed languages? [closed]

I'd like to read the opinion of experts on whether compiled, strictly-typed languages help programmers write robust code easier, having their backs, checking for type mismatches, and in general, ...
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What should one consider in choosing a language for web application development? [closed]

To begin with, this isn't a question about which language one should choose :) We're considering a language switch as our general direction is changing from content-driven web sites to ...
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What to answer to a customer who asks which one of two equivalent technologies must be used?

As a freelancer, I am often asked by my customers what they must choose between similar elements, neither of which being better than another. Examples: “Do I need my e-commerce website be in PHP ...
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What is the best JVM Lisp for writing a video game? [closed]

This video game won't be super fancy, but the idea is for it to have a moderate amount of functionality. Thoughts? Edit: Fast would be nice. Another edit: This is what I want: To be able to ...
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Is C++ really going out of fashion? [closed]

The TIOBE index claims that the popularity of C++ is waning, and is currently way below C and Java. Echoing this claim, a blogger suggested today, that because C++ is going out of fashion, C++ ...
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Is there a point to writing in C or C++ instead of C# without knowing specifically what would make a program faster?

I wrote a small library in Python for handling the xbox 360's STFS files to be used on my web applications. I would like to rewrite it for use in the many desktop programs people are writing for 360 ...
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What are my choices for server side sandboxed scripting?

I'm building a public website where users share data and scripts to run over some data. The scripts are run serverside in some sort of sandbox without other interaction this cycle: my Perl program ...
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Programming without target platform? [closed]

I have a idea for a program and have began laying out the software design concept in a traditional SDLC model of charts and instructions for what I want all parts to achieve. A quick explanation of ...
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Learning functional programming [closed]

This question is similar to Choosing a functional programming language. I want to learn functional programming but I am having troubles choosing the right programming language. At the university I ...
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One language to rule them all? (Them being platforms.) [closed]

I have been discussing a project with a client and they want to use a single language to deploy to as many platforms as possible. (I am not sure that it's such a good idea, because each platform ...
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What to look for in selecting a language for Algorithmic/high frequency trading?

If one were a quantitative developer, what factors are considered in language choice? I am talking high frequency trading on the scale of investment banks. I know latency is definitely a factor and ...
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What programming languages are well suited for developing a live coding framework?

I would like to build a "live coding framework". I should explain what is meant by "live coding framework". I'll do so by comparing live coding to traditional coding. Generally put, in traditional ...
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What programming language to choose for this XML and data processing task? [closed]

I currently code in PHP. Recently I've been working on a project using PHP and Symfony that: reads large XML files (lots of DOM parsing/reading), converts large XML files to large arrays, merges 2 ...
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Choosing a functional programming language [closed]

I have read a lot of threads about functional programming languages lately (almost in the past year, in fact). I would really like to pick one and learn it thoroughly. Last [course] semester, I have ...
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Creating crossplatform TCP proxy/gateway that would handle maximum possible clients simultaneously on 1GB ethernet pipe?

So what I wonder about is preaty simple - having in mind next architecture: -> computing unit "A" / gateway --> computing unit "B" same as A \ -> computing ...
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Why should we use low level languages if a high level one like python can do almost everything? [closed]

I know python is not suitable for things like microcontrolers, make drivers etc, but besides that, you can do everything using python, companys get stuck with speed optimizations for real hard time ...
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Easiest language for simple Windows applications for novice Windows programmer? [closed]

Expertise: 11 years PHP programming I'd like to get into simple Windows programming for a kiosk project. What language should I choose? My criteria: easy to learn, "higher"-level language (e.g. ...
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Unusual languages for numerical analysis [closed]

This question is inspired by these questions (here and here). I do mostly numerical work, and I usually use C++, Fortran, and occasionally Numpy. I'm trying to broaden my horizons, and I'm looking ...
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Why the sudden rise in popularity of Lua? [closed]

Does anyone know why the Lua progamming language has seen such a rise in popularity recently? I am going by the TIOBE ratings. http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/paperinfo/tpci/Lua.html I've used Lua in ...
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Should I choose C or C++ for an interview?

I know a bit of both C and C++. I am assuming that many people who know C++ also know C. I am wondering what language I should pick to code in during an interview. C, because it's faster to make a ...
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Is there really a choice of the best language for a specific project?

Programmers.SE has plenty of questions of beginner programmers asking if they must use a specific language or another one in their daily work, or if they must learn a language or another. Those ...
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Python and only Python for almost any programming tasks!

Am I wrong if I think that Python is all I need to master, in order to solve most of the common programming tasks? EDIT I'm not OK with learning new programming languages if they don't teach me new ...
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Can Powershell do anything that Iron Ruby can't?

I am torn between learning myself some Powershell or just leveraging my existing Ruby knowledge for the various Windows scripting things that I do from time to time. Powershell does look incredibly ...
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How suitable is D2 for numerical work

I'm interested in working with the D programming language for simulating physics. How suitable is it? Is DMD's floating point code generation mature enough to compete with compilers available for ...
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Introducing a new JVM programming language into an established enterprise environment

Imagine that your current workplace is a Java shop. There is a lot of built-up knowledge about the Java language and there is a comprehensive build and deployment process in place to handle everything ...
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Animation languages (or tools or libraries)? [closed]

What language, tools or libraries do you suggest for prototyping applications that use a lot of animation? For example: Conway's game of life Solar system simulation Signal propagation Good ...
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Anybody using VB with ASP.net MVC? [closed]

When a .net project use newer technologies like ASP.net MVC or Silverlight, is VB.NET being used? Or it is used just in the legacy projects? What is the situation now?
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When would you use multiple languages in one project? [closed]

When would you consider incorporating another language into your project? Some domains are inherently multi-language ( Database interaction, interactive web client side development), but others could ...