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                       I came across an old mail containing an interesting article on how programming languages behave like cars. They do look very much believable if you know some of these languages . I have added some more modern languages to the list. Any suggestions are welcome!

Assembler: A formula I race car. Very Very fast but difficult to drive and maintain 😛

FORTRAN II: A Model T Ford. Once it was the king of the road.

FORTRAN IV: A Model A Ford.

FORTRAN 77: a six-cylinder Ford Fairlane with standard transmission and no seat belts.

COBOL: A delivery van. It’s bulky and ugly but it does the work 😐

BASIC: A second-hand Rambler with a rebuilt engine and patched upholstery. Your dad bought it for you to learn to drive. You’ll ditch it as soon as you can afford a new one.

PL/I: A Cadillac convertible with automatic transmission, a two-tone paint job, white-wall tires, chrome exhaust pipes, and fuzzy dice hanging in the windshield.

C++: A black Firebird, the all macho car. Comes with optional seatbelt (lint) and optional fuzz buster (escape to assembler).

ALGOL 60: An Austin Mini. Boy that’s a small car.

ALGOL 68: An Aston Martin. An impressive car but not just anyone can drive it.

Pascal: A Volkswagon Beetle. It’s small but sturdy. Was once popular with intellectual types.

LISP: An electric car. It’s simple but slow. Seat belts are not available.

PROLOG/LUCID: Prototype concept cars.

FORTH: A go-cart.

LOGO: A kiddie’s replica of a Rolls Royce. Comes with a real engine and a working horn.

APL: A double-decker bus. It takes rows and columns of passengers to the same place all at the same time but it drives only in reverse and is instrumented in Greek.

Ada: An army-green Mercedes-Benz staff car. Power steering, power brakes, and automatic transmission are standard. No other colors or options are available. If it’s good enough for generals, it’s good enough for you.

Java: All-terrain very slow vehicle 🙁

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4 thoughts on “Programming Languages are Cars

  1. Reply dedicated website hosting Jun 7,2011 3:32 am

    interesting post, you ranked them very accurately and nicely.

  2. Reply Paul@Cheap used cars Aug 18,2011 5:05 pm

    I don’t think that there should be any compassion between the programming language and the car. Because they both are different and there is no any resemblance between them to compare.

  3. Reply Used cars for sale Aug 30,2011 11:38 am

    Interesting C can be Mercedes C class and what would .net be?

  4. Reply Biased Java Developer Mar 7,2012 7:29 pm

    If your javacode is slow, then you’re doing it wrong – but I do like the all-terrain idea – like a Land Rover, or a Jeep – at that end of the SUV market anyway, fast, powerfull and all-terrain.

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