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Thank you for your comments @hamster but I don't like your tone, using the words"frat boys" and "pointless" which undermines everyone's valuable efforts and contributions here. If you read the original post of this thread, the idea was indeed to give room to discuss what language, for what purpose and what it depends in a comparative way. And everyone has been doing that with their contributions to a degree.
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Those interested in this topic may like this article on programming paradigms and the underlying book chapter.

The link is to an entry in The Morning Paper, a blog by Adrian Colyer, where several days each week he reviews a paper he considers important. His blog is well worth attention.
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Denise wrote:

Thank you for your comments @hamster but I don't like your tone, using the words"frat boys" and "pointless" which undermines everyone's valuable efforts and contributions here. If you read the original post of this thread, the idea was indeed to give room to discuss what language, for what purpose and what it depends in a comparative way. And everyone has been doing that with their contributions to a degree.



My tone was deliberately antagonistic. But, to be fair, it was more a reaction to the threads title than the content. Nonetheless, I also went on to answer your question.

Frankly, I think topics like these do need a good shaking up; academic argument about whether static or dynamic languages are better distract from the real purpose of code, which is making things.

For a professional developer "language agnosticism" is a valuable trait to have.
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@hamster: When I submitted, I was hoping to get some discussion going, there had been little activity in the forum. Your "deliberately antagonistic" comment is likely to cause even less discussion, because nobody wants to be the recipient of such comments.

I'd welcome a constructive posting by you that will promote contribution.
I've just added Go, Erlang, Elixir, JSON, Smalltalk, Forth and C# to the key words too, many thanks to you @Gordon . Wow, so many new names to be aware of! 🙂 I had not heard of most of them. I remember many people being so fond of C and C++ for a long time around me. I guess all these languages have their prime time for a season until a better one comes along for a different purpose? It's great that you mentioned that C has been your favorite all these years. A language to learn for sure I suppose from some of the other responses here as well for a programmer since it serves many purposes?

If others have more comments on these languages shared here or discuss about new ones and their purposes, please feel free to contribute further. Thank you.

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