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Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Landin's seminal paper "The next 700 programming languages" considered programming languages prior to 1966 and speculated on the next 700. Half-a-century on, we cast programming languages in a Darwinian 'tree of life' and explore languages, their features (genes) and language evolution from the viewpoint of 'survival of the fittest'. We investigate this thesis by exploring how various languages fared in the past, and then consider the divergence between the languages empirically used in 2017doi:10.1007/978-3-319-91908-9_15 fatcat:kympenwph5ajjg2ilydix423he