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Trends in Programming Languages


Over the last couple of years, two major trends have occured in programming languages.

One is the demise of Java as the jack of all trades in programming languages. New languages are developed, driven by the need for better support for concurrency and multicore, functional programming and meta programming.

Second, the feasibility for niche communities to build their own languages has increased by the advent of language workbenches, tools that support the rapid development of DSLs, languages customized for a given task or problem domain. In this talk, I provide a quick overview over these trends, as well as the relevant languages and tools.