Python's origins. Working in the software industry, circa 1989

November 26, 2022

Python's origins

This fascinating article discusses the origins of Python and the challenges faced by early language designers in creating languages that were easy to learn and use.
The TELCOMP language is mentioned as an example of an interactive language that was limited in its capabilities, leading to difficulties in properly structuring and organizing code.
The importance of simplicity in programming language design is also discussed, as well as the challenges of balancing simplicity with the need for a language to be capable of expressing a wide range of algorithmic ideas.

BONUS: Working in the software industry, circa 1989

A great post about the history of the software industry and the changes that have occurred over the past 33 years.
The author reflects on his experience working in the industry, including the delivery of software on tapes or floppy disks, the use of languages such as C/C++, FORTRAN, Pascal, Ada, Perl, Tcl, and Lisp, and the use of the waterfall model for software development.
He concludes by reflecting on the importance of continuous learning and staying up-to-date with the latest technologies in the fast-changing software industry.