5 Programming Languages Not Quite Dead Yet

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Delphi/Object Pascal

Although Cogswell predicted that Delphi/Object Pascal would fade from view, it continues to hold strong on TIOBE’s list, ranking above even Objective-C, Visual Basic, and other languages. That speaks to the language’s strong legacy.

Adobe Flash and AIR

Back in 2010, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs published a letter online entitled “Thoughts on Flash.” Sparing no words, Jobs attacked Flash as insufficient for a world that depended on low-power mobile devices, touch interfaces, and open Web standards.

More than five years later, the attacks haven’t let up. In 2015, Facebook and Mozilla condemned Flash as insufficient when it comes to security. By the end of the year, Adobe announced that Flash Professional CC would be rebranded as Animate CC with new features such as HTML5 support. Within its official blog posting on the matter, Adobe acknowledged that “new web standards” such as HTML5 will become “the web platform of the future across all devices.”

In other words, yes, Adobe Flash is all but certainly dead… and perhaps sooner rather than later.


Once a language has a sizable install base, it’s likely to stick around for quite some time.

4 Responses to “5 Programming Languages Not Quite Dead Yet”

  1. I dont know what programming language – as no one I’ve asked knows either – which language uses chineese symbols in the language and the symbols transform into english symbols not just a caricature

  2. Mario Ray Mahardhika

    Been hearing (Object) Pascal is dead since a few years after I really get myself in it, that was around 2006-2007. 9-10 years later, I still hear it everywhere, but none of predictions really happen. Delphi might be in the cliff corner, but Free Pascal’s driven Object Pascal is going strong. Despite its (intentionally) slow release, development never ceased. Features are added more and more, optimizations are getting better, compile speed is still blazingly fast (I cry tears of joy when someone says Go compilation time is so fast, he must never have touched any Pascal compiler), libraries are growing, both default and 3rd party. Tell me which development tools ship with full google API wrappers by default?

  3. While I am not some kind of great programmer, Perl seems to be a language that could be termed spatial. Most programming used to be linear and Perl scared the hell out of RPG, COBOL etc., programmers. However, when it comes to web servers it used to rule the roost, but then someone thought that putting server side code (PHP) into the public_html area was cool (so they could crack sites easier? Me wonders).

    I still use Perl just because if you do it right it’s very fast and once someone finds their niche in the code they, probably like me, stick with it. Must admit though it has grown into a kind of monster sometimes with too much dependance on modules (fine if you use the whole module, but not if you only use a tiny bit of one).

    I wrote my blog engine in Perl because I knew and wanted something a lot smaller (to do the same stuff), than WP. It may not be perfect (is there such a thing in any programming), but it’s base install is under 150 K and serves out the stuff fine.

    With people beginning to switch to Flat CMS instead of SQL, Perl has the pedigree to handle that and handle it well. Especially for blogs – Perl began to serve out reports and essentially that’s all a blog is.

    But will people use it?