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Abigail Decan
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what programming method will be potentially popular 30 years from now?
wiki has a list of programming methods, but i don't know how to assess the popularity of them in the future.

please give me a starting point to think about this question.
Bear Bibeault
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We'll all be plugged directly into The Net, so who cares?

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Paul Clapham

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30 years ago: March, 1984. There were two kinds of computers: mainframe computers which were as big as a refrigerator (and which were both amazingly expensive and amazingly primitive by our standards) and the IBM PC, a personal computer which could have as much as 640 KB of memory (but nobody would ever need that much) and which had one or two floppy disk drives. Programming was done using COBOL or FORTRAN on the former, and BASIC on the latter.

Now use that data point to extrapolate forward to what we have today. It isn't easy to start there and predict 30 years forward, is it?
Jayesh A Lalwani

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30 years from now computers program you!
Jeanne Boyarsky
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I agree with Paul. It seems likely whatever it is hasn't been invented yet.

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Matthew Brown

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Although three languages that Paul mentions are still used in one form or another.

The safest bet is that some things will be completely different, and others will be remarkably similar - and we've probably got no chance of guessing which is which .
Ulf Dittmer

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Matthew Brown wrote:Although three languages that Paul mentions are still used in one form or another.

Not to mention x86 machine language/assembler, born with the 8086 in 1978
fred rosenberger
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Bear Bibeault wrote:We'll all be plugged directly into The Net, so who cares?

What? Did we somehow loose our ability to make wireless devices? I need a physical CABLE?

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Henry Wong

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Apparently ...

in the future, all computer languages, and how to operate them will be 100% the same. The only difference will be that it be able to understand speech.


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