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Dying computer languages

During the first week of my Chicago sabbatical, I was trained on a computer system that helps chaplains chart their visits with patients. It was completely new. But some of the "functionality" was similar to programs I've used at the newspaper, mostly in blogging.

I realized that computer languages are starting to resemble each other in some basic ways, and it likely won't be many years from now where there are only two or three major computer languages. Word, for instance, is almost universal (and indeed I work a lot on Word at Rush Medical Center).

I thought of Word Perfect, the first home PC language I learned. I think Word Perfect is pretty much dead now. RIP




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