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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Salesforce and Computing Nostalgia

The results for the Stack Overflow developer survey for 2015 were published recently. Under the section Most Loved, Dreaded and Wanted Tools the top for most dreaded was Salesforce. I tried the web version of Salesforce a few years ago when it first came out. It reminded me of the time when I was working with was DEC Rally (shockingly there is no Wikipedia article I can link to), a fourth generation language that ran on a VT100 terminal (glowing green screen). Define your fields and layout, define data types, create bits of code to run to validate, when focus is gained, when focus has left. Same sort of stuff with a webby interface rather than 80x25 characters. I can see why Salesforce might be dreaded.

If you want more nostalgia then there are a series of Radio 4 documentaries on programming languages.

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