A Brief History of Open-Source Code

Ask a group of developers what their coding languages of choice are, and you’re bound to receive a wide range of answers. C. C#. Javascript. CSS. Python. Wider still would be the range of languages that developers actually use on a regular basis, whether or not it is their top pick.

When reflecting on the programming languages used today, we got to thinking: What does the rise and fall of languages actually *look* like? Surely, they haven’t all existed since the beginning of computer programming — just as many of today’s languages will be long forgotten by future generations. How quickly did top languages rise in popularity? How slowly did they decline? What languages spawned other languages? These questions intrigued us, and we felt that developers might find the answers to be enlightening. So we sought to answer these questions … visually.



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