John Evans' Blog

Programming Stabilization

by on Jul.17, 2008, under Uncategorized

It seems to me that programming languages go through a sort of cycle. Someone comes up with a language or application to perform a task…it gets modified and worked on for a while…and then it stabilizes. And once that happens, people start building other languages off of it. So you have assembly language tied to a particular chip…running, say, a Linux kernel…that runs an Apache webserver…that runs Ruby on Rails (an application written in C that produces HTML as output). Each of those components has gone through years of testing and work before people figured it was mature enough to be part of this whole computing framework. At least, all of them until the final one, possibly…

Not that I’m saying people are completely finished developing Linux kernels…or even assembly language! I’m just saying they’re mostly finished. 😉

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