- Joined Aug 27, 2009
I was once asked by a friend of mine back in the 1990's why there were so many programming languages. "Why wasn't there just one good programming language?" he asked. He was computer-savvy but not a developer, at least not a full-time one. I replied that programming languages are often designed for certain tasks or workloads in mind, and in that sense most languages differ less in what they make possible, and more in terms of what they make easy. That last part was a quote I half-remembered somebody else saying. It sounded smart and appropriate enough, but the truth was I really didn't really know why there were so many programming languages. The question remained stuck in my head.