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Back in the day, Dr. Dobb's Journal ran a humorous column written by a programmer in the United Kingdom under the pseudonym Verity Stob. In this installment from 2002, Verity took aim at critics of Microsoft's .NET and its treatment of C++.- JVM Languages
"I have come to view C++ as a federation of several different languages: C, OO C++, STL, [and] TMP," wrote Scott Meyers on the comp.lang.c++.moderated newsgroup. Quite so, and the species of programmer that live in the federation are quite varied, too, claims Verity Stob. - .NET
The Biographies of Women Mathematicians web site notes that Ada, Countess Lovelace's social life "in addition to Charles Babbage, included Sir David Brewster (the originator of the kaleidoscope)...[and] Charles Dickens." Verity Stob thinks this may explain a famous failure.
When, last week, Verity Stob found herself writing code in one scripting language to generate an API in a second to be called from a third, she thought it was time somebody looked into this Tower of Babel.
"In 50 years, perhaps much less, the ability to read and write [computer] code will be as essential for professionals of every stripe as the ability to read and write a human language is today," claimed Dylan "inspiration for The Matrix" Evans in The Guardian. Oh yeah? - Parallel