, my first programming language was PL/I.
The summer of 1969, I graduated with a BSci Physics/Mathematics degree and ended up working for a small firm in Detroit that makes automobiles. They were hiring translators -- people with enough hard science to be able to talk to the Engineers and Designers, and enough Maths to be able to hold their own with the Programming side. I did that for three months, and then transfered into the Programming unit, learned PL/I and the JCL (IBM's Job Control Language) to start and got into the Assembly language, so I could start to make sense out of the core-dumps. I have been sort of a language junkie ever since.
The Languages that I remember writing production code in:
- Fortran (two versions for IBM, one for CDC)
- Assembly Language (IBM, CDC, mostly, with a little x36 lately)
- Faster & Hyper-Faster (You don't want to know. Really)
- RGP and other RPG-like things (DYL-360, Easytrieve)
- Java (hated it)
- Perl (loved it)
- UNIX Shell
- PHP (it's like Perl on tranquilizers)
Languages I've picked up but not written for-hire code in:
- Lisp (Classical and Modern)
- Basic (Classical and Modern)
- GPSS (General Purpose Simulation System)
- SAS (The Statistical Analysis System)
- SABRE (Yup, the Airline Reservation System; again, it's a long story)
- JESS (Java Expert Shell System)
- Unix Programmer's Tool Kit
Languages I want to look at sometime:
I Go Back to Sleep, Now.
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