Flashback the calendar back to 1801. The history of programming languages can be dated back much before the introduction of the first computers in 1940′s. The first programming languages predate the modern computer. At first, the languages were codes. The Jacquard loom, invented in 1801, used holes in punched cards to represent sewing loom arm movements in order to generate decorative patterns automatically.
Starting from then, till today, we have personally witnessed a myriad of programming languages taking the center stage from time to time. In the 1940s, the first recognizably modern electrically powered computers were created. The limited speed and memory capacity forced programmers to write hand tuned assembly language programs. It was eventually realized that programming in assembly language required a great deal of intellectual effort and was error-prone.
Then saw the introduction of the first mainstream computer programming languages which went mainstream. They were LISP, COBOL and FORTRAN. Then came C in 1972. From then, till now we have seen the introduction of C++, obj C, Python, Ruby, PHP, JAVA, VB, etc. Below is an illustration taking a look at the history of programming languages that are widely used today.
This is an infographic on the History of programming languages.
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