People are always interested in future trends. Technologies are the main engine of progress and innovation. A key element of any current technology is the programming languages used to build it. Let’s imagine what innovations in the programming field are waiting for us in the next 10-20 or even 50 years. In the blog post below you will find an analysis of the reasons and the needs for new programming languages, and a description of the learning tools needed for these coding languages.
Let’s begin with the reasons for the appearance of some known programming languages:
- Assembler – the appearance of the first computers; the need for simplifying machine code;
- C – the increasing number of computers and their complicated architecture; the need of a universal assembler;
- C++ – the development of user interfaces; the need for simplifying code used in C-programs;
- Java – decline of Sun; development of Web; the need for interactive communication between the user and the web browser;
- C# – increasing popularity of Java; the problems of software development for the Microsoft platform and the Web; the need by Microsoft to have its own technology stack;
- Objective-C – the appearance of Apple devices; the need by Apple to have its own technology stack;
- PHP/Ruby/etc. – the increase of the Web; the need for the usable handing of web requests.
The possible reasons for the appearance of new programming languages and tools
Quantum computing is the first thing, while thinking about new technologies and tools, which comes to change the era of semiconductor computers. The capacity and number of possible tasks will increase without a doubt. The first programming languages for quantum computing have already been created. Most of all is that new languages will be based on those which are already popular nowadays.
The increasing popularity of artificial intelligence in everyday operations already affects and will affect the tools and structure of programming languages. For example, voice assistants used in mobile devices, or a chat with artificial intelligence. Or can you imagine a situation when artificial intelligence will code the new software all by itself? In these cases a new programming language will appear and its features will be based on such software requirements.
The release of iPhones popularized Objective-C. It’s possible that some corporation X has already been working on programming language Y for its own products. Maybe this corporation is Tesla?
It’s possible that some global cataclysm will happen and this will cause changes in the communication process between people and machines. Imagine that the Internet will disappear or will roll back to its roots and won’t be so widespread. In a case of a global war there will be a need to militarize cars. We can assume that object-oriented programming languages won’t be popular in this case, while the most useful will be such languages such as R or Fortran.
Science is developing all the time. What will happen if people are able to manipulate space and time? What will happen if we open the fifth dimension? Time machine? Obviously we will need to have a new programming language that can handle all this big data. What kind of language could it be? We will need a language that is oriented to parallel computations, network infrastructure, data processing and its visualization.
Voice control, gestures control, computer control by thoughts. All these technologies already exist. We just need new programming languages for these innovations.
Possible developing tools
New programming languages can’t be developed without coding tools.
It is not a surprise, that there were numerous attempts to create tools for visual programming. Often such tools were unable to display the details that are needed to resolve the issue. But still there is a popular thought among software developers that showing resolved issues in a visual form and organizing the centralized repository of these decisions will simplify the process of coding for most developers.
There are already different interface generators, but each of them has some problems with the functionality. For example, LightSwitch. This is a good tool, but it could be used for only a small number of tasks. Its interface (that is using the input data) is always a template. So its functionality is limited for data input and CRUD (create, read, update, delete) of data.
Imagine future programmers who gesticulate actively and articulate out-loud their code using a new programming language. Sometimes it’s really useful to emote while writing a code. You cannot be an emotionless robot with silents knocking on the clave every day. After such coding sessions, you can feel some real difficulties in communicating with other people.
Possible trends of future programming are: