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How Programming Languages Influence One Another

by Travis Korte
A visualization of influence in programming languages.

“Visualizing Influence Relations of Programming Languages” reveals the links between 1,170 programming languages, from venerable languages created in the 1950s to tiny niche languages created in the past several years. It also shows which languages have been the most influential, with the size of each node in the network corresponding to the number of languages it has influenced. The visualization, created by Berlin-based developer Ramiro Gómez, reveals some interesting insights about influence in the computer science field, including the fact that the oldest languages are not always the most influential. For example, while the longstanding Lisp and C languages carry the most influence in 2014, the fourth-most influential language is Java, which was only released in 1995.

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