08.21.07

meme: non-Indo-European programming languages

Posted in Hacking, Random thoughts at 1:30 pm by ducky

I had a very interesting lunch yesterday with Dan Delorey, who is a PhD student at Brigham Young University and interning at Google Kirkland.  While we covered a wide range of topics, there was one meme of his that stuck with me through most of the (four-hour) drive home:  Almost all of the programming languages today were developed by men whose native tongues were Indo-European languages.  (Obvious exception:  Ruby, by Yukihiro Matsumoto.)

What would a language developed by someone with a non-Indo-European background look like?

What would a language developed by someone whose mother “tongue” was sign language?

I was reminded of something I saw ten years ago: a woman commented that if a woman had invented the WIMP interface,  there would have been two cursors.

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