What if Objective-C and WebObjects had made it big…

During the early 1990s, a number of developers had the opportunity to use a NeXT system. Of those people, some were lucky enough to get to actually develop applications for such systems. NeXT brought us what was essentially a revolution at the time. Objective-C began to truly make Smalltalk-style OO accessible and practical. Their well-architectured [...]

Haskell as an alternative to Perl for scripting tasks.

For the past couple of weeks I have been working with a very interesting system administrator. He’s responsible for maintaining a large number of Web servers, mail servers, and database servers. Like most system administrators, he employs a number of scripts he’s developed to automate a variety of tasks. While most sysadmins would use a [...]

Will hybrid languages like D render functional languages like Haskell, OCaml and Common Lisp irrelevant?

Although it hasn’t (yet?) caught on much in industry, anyone who follows modern computing trends will no doubt have heard of D. Its Web site describes it quite nicely: D is a systems programming language. Its focus is on combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern [...]

Will Parrot Ever Truly Deliver?

Earlier today I was reading an article about Parrot. Parrot is, as stated on the project’s Web site, “a virtual machine designed to efficiently compile and execute bytecode for dynamic languages. Parrot currently hosts a variety of language implementations in various stages of completion, including Tcl, Javascript, Ruby, Lua, Scheme, PHP, Python, Perl 6, APL, [...]