BreakThrough Languages

what are breakthrough languages?

and i wanna know one such breakthrough language and tell me what breakthrough features it introduced, why these features were important, and what subsequent languages used or improved on these features.

any references or links are appreciated!!!!
gobicseAsked:
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
Cannot find anything on "breakthrough languages"
can you tell us where you heard this?
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rdivilbissCommented:
http://oreilly.com/news/graphics/prog_lang_poster.pdf outlines all languages and what other languages they spawned.

So ISWIM -> SASL -> Miranda -> Haskell

But KRC and SML were also incorporated or borrowed from to get Miranda and SML came from ML.
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DarrenSenior Software EngineerCommented:
Wow,

You would certainly need to do some research for this as there are many languages but a lot of features or break through's have been stolen from other languages in the first place.

I'm not 100% sure where to start but personally I'd pick a feature of a language such as 'object oriented programming' and try to find which language first introduced classes or the idea of objects ...

Another way to look at it might be to review languages that are at a higher level of abstraction...
e.g. Programs that used to be written in assembly were overtaken by C and C++ which allow the programmer to develop using more english like language...

Just a thought,

Darren




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aikimarkCommented:
COBOL
FORTRAN
Basic
Lisp
Pascal
C
SQL
Java

I will leave the reasons to your research.

There are a slew of scripted languages that are interesting and might be considered breakthroughs, but I'll leave those recommendations to experts in those areas.
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WaterStreetCommented:

gobicse,


This question and your Software Development question sound like homework questions.

Can you tell us why you are asking the questions in this thread?

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