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December 20th, 2010
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Computer languages and personality?
Discussion of programmer preferences-- is there a correlation between cognitive style or other personality factors and what languages a programmer loves or hates?

Does starting out with COBOL actually have long-term effects?

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Date:December 20th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
I love DOS and cobol due to the simplicity of style. HTML and C++ seem to be 'cousins' of COBOL.

My cognitive style is more logical and precise.
I started with an Apple IIe, and wrote DOS as my first language.
Date:December 20th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Not based on my own experiences (although I believe I learned Fortran II and IV slightly before COBOL by a matter of some weeks). Since then coded for money in PL/I, PROTOS, Jyacc JAM, A triad of 'languages' that began with Q, SQL, C. Java, and PHP at least.
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Date:December 20th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
While I realize there are uses for which COBOL is excellent, it strikes me as simultaneously dumbed down and logically messy. I like Lisp and its relative Muddle (best known as the language Zork was first written in), and when object-oriented programming came out, I took to it as the way programming always should have been. These days I write most of my code in Java, which I like in its core language but don't care much for in the ways it's been bloated over the years.

There might be a connection between Myers-Briggs types and programming language preferences. I've never taken a formal test, but on the informal ones I come out INTJ or ISTJ.
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