OT: Language for the ages

William Donzelli aw288 at osfn.org
Fri Oct 14 17:31:53 CDT 2005

> So has RPG, by the way.  My sister makes a very comfortable living
> writing in that language.  

There is also an amazing amount of COBOL still around (and being developed
and maintained).

Yes, everyone hates it, but in 2000 years, people will still be able to
figure out what a program does just by looking at a printout.

Give someone a C source printout in 2000 years, and they are going to be
scratching their heads. Especially all those "clever" programmer that try
to use neat C tricks.

Of course, I would not want to do much non-business programming in
COBOL. None, actually, so that would make it a bad choice.

For the language of the ages, what is wrong with plain old, well written
pseudocode? Being that you just need knowledge of the English (or
whatever) language will be all you need to convert it to the platform of
the day (which, in 30 years, may be DRASTICALLY different than our

William Donzelli
aw288 at osfn.org

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