Back to the future - the history of programming languages

Thursday 9 January 2014, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA. The nearest underground stations are Covent Garden and Charing Cross.

Robert Stroud


What can we learn from the history of programming languages? Are we still seeing technical innovation after 50-60 years of evolution or is there nothing new under the sun? What can the past tell us about the future? In this talk, I will review some of the key arguments and debates that have informed the development of programming language and speculate about current and future trends.

About the Speaker:

Robert Stroud has been interested in programming languages since he was introduced to computers in 1974. His first programming language was Fortran but he quickly learned to program in other languages. He discovered object-oriented programming early and attended the first meeting of the BCS special interest group on object-oriented systems. For many years, he was a member of the School of Computing Science at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he contributed to various debates about the best choice of programming language for teaching purposes. He was also a regular speaker at the "Java and the Internet in the Computing Curriculum" conferences.


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Related links:

The History of Programming Languages

Computer Languages History