Programming Languages: History and Future

@article{Sammet1972ProgrammingLH,
  title={Programming Languages: History and Future},
  author={Jean E. Sammet},
  journal={Commun. ACM},
  year={1972},
  volume={15},
  pages={601-610}
}
This paper discusses both the history and future of programming languages ( = higher level languages). Some of the difficulties in writing such a history are indicated. A key part of the paper is a tree showing the chronological development of languages and their interrelationships. Reasons for the proliferation of languages are given. The major languages are listed with the reasons for their importance. A section on chronology indicates the happenings of the significant previous time periods… CONTINUE READING
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