Linked by snydeq on Mon 25th Oct 2010 21:23 UTC
General Development InfoWorld's Peter Wayner reports on once niche programming languages gaining mind share among enterprise developers for their unique abilities to provide solutions to increasingly common problems. From Python to R to Erlang, each is being increasingly viewed as an essential tool for prototyping on the Web, hacking big data sets, providing quick predictive modeling, powering NoSQL experiments, and unlocking the massive parallelism of today's GPUs.
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RE: Dawnfall of OO?
by MacMan on Tue 26th Oct 2010 16:49 UTC in reply to "Dawnfall of OO?"
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Lets hope this trend away from OO languages continues indeed.

I'm not saying OO is evil, there are some domains where it makes a lot of sense, perhaps business applications, possibly operating systems.

But there are a lot of domains where OO makes no sense. I'm a physicist, and most physical simulations at least to me make a lot more sense expressed in a functional manor, with languages like Haskel or Mathematica, and to a certain degree, Python (Python does have some functional features, enough to make it useful IMO).

Basically, some things I like in a high level language are easy binding to C/C++ for the numerically intensive bits, and an expressive language with functional features. Matlab is a nightmare to interface with C, Mathematica is not much better. Python and Haskel on the other hand are very easy to interface with C.


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