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Programming Languages

Programming Languages joemcmahon has used:

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PL/I
SNOBOL
FORTRAN 66
MACRO-11
AppleSoft BASIC
Perl
REXX
HyperTalk
Java
XSLT
AppleScript
Javascript
Objective-C
1977–1978
The required first language for CS students at WVU when I was there. Abandoned it for assembler as soon as it was possible to do so.
1977–1987
Discovered it by accident in college, and fell in love with it immediately. Most powerful language available on the IBM 360/370 machine; actually implemented some data migration software in it that needed to do complex name mapping from the IBM standards to Unitree Unix-like pathnames so that data could be migrated off the legacy IBM system in SPITBOL. First step down the path to Perl.
1978–1981
Taught a class in this in college, barely staying ahead of the class as I taught them. Wrote a proof-of-concept system for NASA using a Ratfor compiler written in FORTRAN G. Highlight of that was reimplementing partitioned datasets using FORTRAN keyed datasets.
1978
Operation systems class at WVU.
1982–1985
Played around with this a lot; dropped it after I finally got my hands on a Mac.
1987–
When the Cray Y-MP was delivered at NASA, the sales engineer suggested that instead of having to learn C, ack, sed, and shell, I should just learn Perl. It's been my primary language ever since then. First use was support code for the Convex Unitree system at NASA; switched over to Web programming, and then branched out into QA automation. Now working at blekko.com ... doing something I can't talk about yet. But still Perl!
1988–1992
Used this with the VM messaging system to set up a system for VM users to automatically fetch their datasets from the MVS mainframe, even if they were offline in HSM.
1989–1990
Did a Mac virus documentation stack in it that Apple UK picked up to distribute - never did hear if they actually got it out to anyone. First taste of object-oriented programming, and a great development platform. Would love to see something like it come to the iPad.
1999–2010
Geo-selection applet for a NASA earth-science search engine. Used on and off up to the current day (last used it fiddling with Hudson plugins).
2004
Had some XML that needed tweaking, and this was the simplest way to do it.
2005–
Wrote a script to generate a ChucK program to play the Clock of the Long Now chimes. Still use it for automation on OS X.
2007–
Did a couple of Dashcode widgets in this.
2009–
Started in earnest at iPhone Dev Camp in 2009; still playing around with iPhone apps (including one for work).