Programming timeline

  • Plankalkul

    This programming language was made by Konrad Zuse between 1943 and 1945. He had created this language mainly for engineering purposes. The name mean plan calculus in German.

    FORTRAN was made by IBM in the early 1950's and served mainly as a computing purposes.
    The name is short for Formula Translating System.

    Charles Katz led the group who made this program in 1957.
  • LISP

    In 1958 John McCarthy created Lisp. LISP is short for List processing. The language was used commonly for research in artificial intelligence.

    The Conference on Data Systems Languages created this language in 1959. The name stands for common business oriented language. The language was made primarily to be used for businesses and finance.
  • Basic

    BASIC was designed in 1964 by Johm Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz. The name is an acronym that stands for beginners all-purpose symbolic instruction code. In the 70's and 80's microcomputers came with this per-installed so that people could develop their own software without having to pay for something they could make themselves.
  • RPG

    RPG was created by IBM in 1965. The name stands for report program generator.
  • LOGO

    LOGO was invented by Wally Feurzeig and Seymour Papert in 1967. The name came from the Greek word logos which means thought. This was made as a tool for education, as it was an educational programming language.
  • B

    This language was developed in 1969 by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie. The name B could possibly be taken from BCPL which is the language it is derived from. This language was used mainly with early operating systems like UNIX.
  • ML

    The development for Ml was led by Robin Milner early into 1970. ML is an acronym for metalanguage. ML is commonly used for client/server programs, financial systems, and more.

    Niklaus Wirth created Pascal and released in in 1970. The language is seen as an influence for organized programming styles, like structured programming.. The name is a tribute to Blaise Pascal, who was a philosopher and mathematician.
  • SQL

    SQL was created by Donald D. Chamberlin and Raymond F. Boyce early into the 1970's. SQL stands for standard query language. Designed mainly for managing data.
  • C

    Creation of this programming language was led by Dennis Ritchie. It has the name C because it came after B. It's features also derive from B and it is basically an upgraded version of B
  • C++

    C++ was created by Bjarne Stoustrup in 1979. He made this language to provide high level features while still being a flexible language. The name came from C and ++ are increment operators used in C.
  • ADA

    Ada was developed early into the 1980's by a team that was led by Dr. Dean Ichbia. The name is not an acronym, it is a tribute to Augusta Ada Lovelace, who was considered the worlds first programmer. This programming language was made to provide a standardized language for embedded systems.

    Guido Van Rossum invented Python in 1991. His vision was to create a programming language that was easy to read. The name Python comes from the TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus.
  • Visual Basic

    Visual Basic was created by Microsoft in 1991. This language was built for easy learning and the ability to create both advanced and basic programs with one language. The name Visual Basic could come from the way programs are designed using this language, because it allows you to use components that are already made for you.
  • PHP

    Rasmus Lerdorf invented PHP in 1994. This language was made to be used mainly for web development. Original, the meaning of PHP was Personal Home Page, but it now stands for PHP: Hypertext Processor.

    Delphi was created by Borland software corporation and released in 1995. The name comes from the meaning of the word in Ancient Greece. The Delphi was someone that people went to for advice. This language was made mainly for making mobile and desktop applications.
  • Java

    The creator of java was James Gosling. He released Java in 1995, and it was a core part of the Java platform from Sun Microsystems. The main reason this program is commonly used is because it does not need to be recompiled to run on different platforms.

    Javascript was designed by Brendan Eich and released in beta form in 1995. Javascript is frequently used in web-pages that interact with the viewer. Java and javascript both have similar naming conventions, which may be why have is in the name.