Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Jan 2013 23:15 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "Programming languages are living phenomena: They're born, the lucky ones that don't die in infancy live sometimes long, fruitful lives, and then inevitably enter a period of decline. Unlike real life, the decline can last many, many years as the presence of large legacy codebases means practiced hands must tend the code for decades. The more popular the language once was, the longer this period of decline will be."
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RE[2]: Renaissance?
by kwan_e on Tue 15th Jan 2013 22:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Renaissance?"
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Seriously though, I fully agree with you. I can't see how someone could expect a long-time established language like C++ suddenly have a noticeable user surge due to new features being added.

And it makes me wonder* about the figures when Java moved from 1.4 to 5 to 6 to 7.

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