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What makes each major language “special”?

  • PHP: Excellent integration with Apache and easy set up for web applications.
  • RealBasic: RAD, compile your applications down to machine code. No interpreter or virtual machine is required.
  • Visual Basic: verbose and intuitive even for children. I wonder if there is a possibility to talk-program via microphone.
  • Lisp: Macros, the idea of having first-class access to the language itself.
  • Python: List comprehensions, insanely powerful runtime reflection/introspection, metaclasses, duck typing.
  • Ruby: Blocks, metaclasses, everything is an object, First-class continuations.
  • Java: Inner classes, super efficient garbage collection. Proof that when you design a language for stupid programmers, you will end up with a stupid language, despite the fact that the people who designed the language are crazy smart and really should have known better.
  • C#: LINQ, Proof that when you design a language for slightly less stupid programmers, you will still only end up with a slightly less stupid language, despite the fact that the people who designed the language arecrazy smart and took Java's failure into account.
  • Haskell: Pure functional programming w/o mutable state, monads, laziness, purity, static typing to the max.
  • smalltalk: Pure OO language. The ability to override the compiler.
  • Perl: looks the same before and after encryption.
  • Clojure: transactional memory for mutable reference, built-in concurrency mechanisms
  • Erlang: Builtin actor system for message-passing concurrency
  • F#: Quotations (possibility: reflection of own code and self-compilation to shader- oder SQL), computation expressions
  • Prolog: Logical programming language. Built-in backtracking; A single predicate (function you write) can solve multiple problems depending on what parameters do you give it
  • LabviewCompletely graphical interface that allows you to manipulate hardware directly, but also program fairly high level tasks easily.
  • Assembly language: The ability to structure your program any way you like (including defining your own calling conventions, multiple entry points into a function), self-modifying code, complete control over the hardware.

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