Linked by Kroc Camen on Sat 20th Dec 2008 17:54 UTC
General Development IBM delves into what's new in PHP 5.3: Part-1 shows you the changes to the object-orientated capabilities, and Part-2 shows you the exciting new possibilities with real closures and lambda functions. ["Read more" for Kroc's personal commentary]
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What Brendan Eich *wanted* to do was more along the lines of Lisp, but that wasn't politically acceptable, so...

I think it is pretty amazing (in a way) that Lisp (which stands for LISt Processor, and actually predates COBOL (which was released in 1959 (and incidentally was one of the more notable achievements of Grace Hopper (who was an Admiral (in the Navy (which was particularly unusual for a woman at that time)))) has had such an influence upon modern languages (aside from those which descend from ALGOL (which was also contemporaneous to Lisp (and COBOL, of course (though Cobol never had as much influence (although it is the one of that trio which has survived to this day (in the sense that COBOL code is still being actively developed (particularly for commercial accounting applications (even though most of the younger folks today probably do not realize it. (Fortran, too, BTW.)))))))))) (Come to think of it, though, Java is pretty much the Object Oriented COBOL of the 21st century. (Too bad about all those curly brackets and semicolons, though.))).

Edited 2008-12-22 21:39 UTC

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