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Friday, August 18, 2006

Great Software

Phil Windley makes his own amendments to a list of great software.

As Phil believes, I also have to include Smalltalk on the list. I don't agree with the original author's rationale re: Java and some others on that list.

Other systems I'd consider for my top ten...

  • Lisp (esp. Lisp 1.5, Common Lisp, and Scheme)
  • Smalltalk
  • Erlang
  • Hypercard
  • Emacs (in various incarnations)
  • The Xerox Alto (incl. BitBlt, Ethernet, laser printing, WYSIWYG, etc.)
  • Englebart's Augment, nee NLS
  • Unix
  • The Web
  • The Orbit compiler for Scheme

1 comment:

Mark Aufflick said...

Anyone whose top 10 includes Douglas Englebart's NLS and Hypercard is my kind of guy!

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