Timeline of Programming Languages

By jcho30
  • FORTRAN invented

    FORmula TRANslating system or FORTRAN system created by John W. Backus. Used for numerical weather prediction, finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, computational physics, and computational chemistry.
  • MATH-MATIC invented

    Intended to improve FORTRAN created by Charles Katz
  • COBOL invented

    COmmon Business - Oriented Language or COBOL developed by Grace Hopper for business, finance, & administrative systems
  • BASIC invented

    Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code created by John George Kemeny & Thomas Eugene Kurtz. Primary purpose was its ease of use.
  • LOGO invented

    Logo created by Wally Feurzeig & Seymour Papert. It is a teaching language designed to produce useful scripts.
  • PASCAL invented

    Pascal begins development by Nicklaus Wirth who tried to create an efficient language.
  • C invented

    Developed by Dennis Ritchie to implement system software but was ultimately used t0 develop portable application software.
  • SQL invented

    Structured Query Language or SQL was created by Donald D Chamberlin & Raymond F Boyce desinged to manage data.
  • C++ invented

    Bijarne Straustrup added classes, virtual functions, operator overloading, multiple inhesritance templates, & exception handling to C.
  • ADA invented

    ADA was designed by Jean Ichbiah to be simple and consistent.
  • Visual Basic invented

    Microosoft created Visual Basic to enable graphical user interface (GUI) & rapid application development (RAD).
  • JAVA created

    Created by James Gosling, Mike Sheridan, & Patrick Naughton. Tried to be the program that was able to "Write Once, RUn Anywhere."