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Essential Guide to Computing: The Story of Information Technology, The by E. Garrison Walters

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Conclusion

The following table summarizes the principal types of programming languages.

Programming languages have evolved considerably over the years. The newer languages are easier to use and faster, and the techniques of structured programming have improved the conceptual and organizational aspects of programming. Much of the progress, of course, is due to the vast increases in the speed of the hardware. If developers thirty years ago had attempted to employ the much higher level of abstraction that is now typical with 4GLs and OOT, the sheer amount of code that would have to have been loaded into memory, not to mention its relatively slower speed of execution, would have brought their systems to a halt. Because it can support software approaches ...

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