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Old 2009-10-02, 12:52   #1
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I found this today on Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabe...ming_languages

Note that this list does not include markup languages, such as HTML and XML. That opens up a separate can of worms.

I thought that I was pretty sharp because I have programmed in many different languages in my career, but I never realized that what I know is just the tip of the iceberg. I can say that I could muddle my way though about 20 of them, but would consider myself highly proficient in about 7 of them. As extensive as this list is, I know of at least one language that I know which was missing (which I added). There are others that I have not added, such as assembly language, which is CPU dependent.

I suspect that there are members of this forum who are proficient in many more than I am. Does anyone know enough to muddle through more than 50 from this list? Is anyone highly proficient in more than 15 of these languages?
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Old 2009-10-02, 13:01   #2
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I found this today on Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphabe...ming_languages

Note that this list does not include markup languages, such as HTML and XML. That opens up a separate can of worms.

I thought that I was pretty sharp because I have programmed in many different languages in my career, but I never realized that what I know is just the tip of the iceberg. I can say that I could muddle my way though about 20 of them, but would consider myself highly proficient in about 7 of them. As extensive as this list is, I know of at least one language that I know which was missing (which I added). There are others that I have not added, such as assembly language, which is CPU dependent.

I suspect that there are members of this forum who are proficient in many more than I am. Does anyone know enough to muddle through more than 50 from this list? Is anyone highly proficient in more than 15 of these languages?
Why on Earth would anyone need to be?

And some of these are so specialized that I would not call them languages.
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Does anyone know enough to muddle through more than 50 from this list? Is anyone highly proficient in more than 15 of these languages?
Not here, but I have programmed a couple of different scientific instruments in their native languages. I know that they are not on the list, they were machine specific. Electric message boards often have a language that is specific and a quasi-markup (they often have goto and a few other flow commands). I didn't notice any reference to DOS batch files on the list. While I was in college (taking Fortran) I was informally offered a job programing in Gennifer (for dBase).
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Why on Earth would anyone need to be?

And some of these are so specialized that I would not call them languages.
Personally I would have separated scripting languages, such as ksh, perl, etc.

Some of us have many years of experience across many companies. I have worked for six employers in nearly 20 years (my current employer for eight of them). I first tinkered with BASIC (on TI-99) back in the early 80's to Java, C, etc. today. I have worked on many distinct OSs, from Macs to Windows to S370 to Tandem (not in that order). Each one brings its own set of languages to develop in. For my current employer I need to be proficient in 6 languages, depending upon the product I am currently working on. I could still code many of the ones I learned before, such as BAL, COBOL, TAL, Delphi, etc., but don't use them today and would be a bit rusty if I had to use them.
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About 30 I have dabbled in over my career.
Less than 10 I could make a living at.

Some missing for sure: Power-Builder, DataTrieve, Telon.

Some questionable: JCL, ISPF in my opinion.

Several virtual duplicates: BASIC, GWBASIC for example.
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About 30 I have dabbled in over my career.
Less than 10 I could make a living at.

Some missing for sure: Power-Builder, DataTrieve, Telon.

Some questionable: JCL, ISPF in my opinion.

Several virtual duplicates: BASIC, GWBASIC for example.
The language for PowerBuilder is PowerScript.
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