The discipline of computer science has a long and complicated history with computer programming languages. Historically, inventors have created language products for a wide variety of reasons, from attempts at making domain specific tasks easier, to technical achievements, to social or political reasons. However, the modern programming language industry now has a large variety of incompatible programming languages, each of which with unique syntax, semantics, and their own often massive standard libraries, lifetimes, and costs. In this paper, we express doubts that the programming language community is focused on the most crucial problems in programming language design. We suggest instead that the programming language wars themselves may be negatively impacting the world, including how, in the broad sense, programming languages are applied in industrial software construction.
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Richard P. GabrielIBM Research, USA