My Experience With Programming Languages

I was recently browsing a list of programming languages on Rosetta Code (there’s a larger list on Wikipedia) and realized I have played with a lot of languages over the years. I decided to make a list here:

  • Apex (Salesforce.com)
  • AppleScript
  • Assembly (I forget the exact flavors, but there have been a few embedded chips like the Motorola 6812, the LC-2 teaching language, and some in-line C on various AMD and Intel chips)
  • AutoHotKey
  • AWK
  • BASIC
  • Batch
  • C
  • C++
  • C#
  • Clojure
  • CoffeeScript
  • F#
  • Gnuplot
  • Go
  • Groovy
  • Haskell
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • LabVIEW
  • LaTeX
  • Lisp
  • LotusScript
  • Lua
  • Make
  • Mathematica
  • MATLAB
  • MySQL
  • Objective-C
  • Octave
  • Pascal
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • Python
  • R
  • Ruby
  • Scala
  • Scratch
  • Sed
  • SQL
  • TI-89 BASIC
  • UNIX Shell (sh, Bash) and UNIX Pipes (grep, cat, etc)
  • VBScript
  • VHDL

I haven’t written extensively in all of the languages and I doubt I could do much more than ‘Hello, World!’ (if that) in most, but those are the ones that I remember.

There are a few more that I didn’t see while quickly browsing the languages list. For example, I have automated video game playing in the past using languages like UOAssist, Razor, AC Tools, and MMOGlider. One summer at Texas Instruments I wrote statistical algorithms and data mining routines for a specialized spreadsheet language called Informix Wingz/HyperScript Tools/DataPOWER (which now seems to be owned by IBM).

Looking back, I’ve written in a fair amount of languages, but there’s so much to learn and do! I continue to learn and grow as I add links to my craftsman’s chain. My next step is to complete the Programming Languages 101 online course from Nathan’s University. Very cool stuff!

Update: added Assembly and UNIX shell specifics. Added Clojure and Lisp. Added Scala and F#.