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Los Alamos Eclipse Parallel Tools Project I was reading a press release about the new Eclipse project focused on building a parallel tools platform. The project is headed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory. From the project home page, the goal is to "produce an open-source industry-strength platform that provides a highly integrated environment specifically designed for parallel application development.". You can read more about the Eclipse Parallel Tools Project at http://www.eclipse.org/ptp/. There are many parallel languages be...

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Is a programming "language" really a language? Stan Kelly-Bootle, in his article in ACM Queue magazine, questions the use of the term "programming languages" to categorize the programming syntax we use to create applications. He says "many linguists consider programming languages to be the most egregious misnomer since the Big Bang (which I parochially date to 1949 when the Cambridge EDSAC I passed the perfect benchmark by listing hundreds of random numbers!)." Is Stan just catering to the larger community of linguists? Is it possible to jus...

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When will the next "new" programming language appear? I've been catching up on a backlog of magazine and book reading. An interview with Alan Kay (winner of the ACM Turing Award for 2003) in the December/January 2004-2005 ACM Queue magazine caught my eye. The title of the interview, "A Conversation with Alan Kay" appears on Pages 20-30. This ACM Queue magazine issue was titled "The Big Programming Language Issue". In the interview, Alan Kay states, "there's a major language or two every 10.5 years, and in between those periods are what you might ca...

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Feelin' Groovy? In Paul Simon's song, The 59th Street Bridge Song(Feelin' Groovy), he tell us to "Slow down you move too fast, You got to make the moment last, Just kickin’ down the cobble stones, Lookin’ for fun and feelin’ groovy". Well, I for one don't want to slow down that often, especially when I am programming. I am always looking for fun, especially when I get to interact with great development teams. I am blessed with a wonderful family, work for a great company, and love what I do for a living, so I a...
Delphi is on the TIOBE Programming Community Index for November 2004 with 4 green up arrows! The TIOBE Programming Community monthly index lists the popularity of programming languages. The index is calculated each month using a Google and Yahoo web search (+" programming" -tv) and Google newsgroups searches for the last 12 months. The formula that is applied is #(normalized Google web hits) + #(normalized Yahoo! web hits) + #(normalized Google newsgroup hits). The term "normalized" means that the sum of all web hits of the first 50 languages for a query is taken and evenly distributed....

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