Massimo Caliman
by Massimo Caliman
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  • Programming


  • Computer Science
  • Programming Languages

In various online articles I have seen Java compared to 21st century COBOL, parallel PHP to 21st century VisualBasic, the opinion may fit in some contexts, Java has become the most widely used development language in the last 13 years, the pool of applications developed in this language will reach the critical mass of those developed in COBOL in the last 30 years, PHP is simple and the reason for the analogy with Visual Basic is obvious.

Apart from that the comparison is not the happiest (for both Java and PHP), we know what the great Prof. Edsger Dijkstra publicly thought of both programming languages.

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offence.

It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration”