According to Wired, the secret to making a successful programming language is: How awesome the language creators’ beards are! Â Of course it’s tongue-in-cheek, based on a humorous “analysis” done by an Israeli scholar named Tamir Khason. Â Mr. Khason made the discovery that the most popular language “C” was created by two men with extreme beards! Â This was at a time when beards were not so popular, except among fringe types like hippies (and computer nerds, apparently). Â The pictures of Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie on the Wired page tell the tale. Â The same for the “Java” language, created by James Gosling, another beardslinger of some repute!
The languages that didn’t (or haven’t yet) caught on were created by a mostly clean-shaven cadre of geeks. Â The languages they created all have great things to recommend them, but they just haven’t caught on like “C”, “C++”, “Java” and others. Â According to Wired, the one language that breaks this rule is “COBOL”, which was created by Admiral Grace Hopper. Â The article suggests that “the rule” is waived if the creator can’t grow facial hair!
At any rate, it’s a funny article, I recommend it and the website of Mr. Khason.
Also, it’s my considered opinion that a great beard makes for a great programmer! Â ^__^