What is one programming language no one should ever have to learn?

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Russian? You know it was invented by Admiral Grace Hopper of the US Navy, right? Grace Hopper was one of the most important pioneers in the history of computing. She wasn't an admiral at the time she helped developed compilers and COBOL, but they were part of the reason she became one. Aren't we celebrating something about women's history or somesuch this month? I have a vague notion about that. The outdated part, though, I can get behind. But it wasn't another programming language that made COBOL largely obsolete. It was spreadsheets. The thing COBOL excelled at was moving data around and transforming it in the process. Pretty much any spreadsheet can do that now.






I enjoyed working in Perl, but I think you're correct in today's world. It's lost its mojo. And the biggest enemies of Perl are CPAN and Perl programmers, to be honest. The irony, of course, is that CPAN was once Perl's greatest strength.

English. It’s an ancient language for programming biological robots. The API is not robust - it constantly keeps mutating and evolving based on multiple domains - location, temporal, nearest neighbors and even hormonal. While the core library is pretty resilient, most of it has been overridden and overloaded with local versions of most functions so that it always needs a translator function. If you can even find one, you have to constantly rely on the sync functions to timeout before you can initiate a new request response cycle. Almost 90% of the time, 7% of it never fails to succeed in being correctly misunderstood, even though the Transmitter and Receiver both might have the same vocabulary. Oren-tor Vuhlkansu.


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Aw, I like VBA.

C. I know...just hear me out. It’s not that C doesn’t have its place or is outdated. C is still very useful, but I don’t think C is still a “must learn” language. C++ has the core features that students need from C such as exposure to pointers, pointer arithmetic, and assembly support. The procedural style of C can be maintained in C++ until classes are formally introduced for OOP. Functional features like lambda expressions and higher order functions can be introduced afterwards. C++ allows students to get a breadth of exposure to programming paradigms as well as enterprise patterns to move from strict CS code to software engineering.


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