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From the Wall Street Journal. .. Computer Languages Multiply, Pleasing Many -- but Not All December 14, 2005; Page B1 In the original story of Babel, the proliferation of languages was mankind's punishment for a hubristic bit of high-rise construction. But languages are proliferating in the computer industry these days, and no one is being castigated. In fact, software programmers, the people actually using all these new languages , couldn't be happier about the choices they have. For their bosses, though, it's often aggravating. And it can be downright scary for a software giant like Microsoft. Computer languages are used to create the commands that get the machines to do a programmer's bidding. Some of the oldest languages, like Fortran and Cobol, are the most famous, though they aren't commonly used anymore outside of a few specialized industries. Perhaps today's most popular language is called C, which along with its successor, C++, is the language responsible for most of the big programs that sit on your computer: word processors, photo editors and the like. But these days, a successful computer programmer, especially one who works on the Web, needs to know a lot more than just C. Perl, Python, PHP, TCL (pronounced "tickle"): The "languages" section of the
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