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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • "if they solved these problems so long ago, why are they viewed primarily as academic languages?"
    Simple ignorance. When we know what kind of software is developed with these languages (and how much money it makes) then we no longer regard them as academic languages.
    Would you have guessed that Smalltalk is used for the core of Quallaby PROVISO [quallaby.com]?
    Is there something academic about machine control software [adventact.com] or container shipping? [oocl.com]

    "So why aren't they used more?"
    The benefits of Smalltalk become obvious with medium-to-large scale projects. There are fewer medium-to-large scale projects than small-to-tiny projects.
    There are many more small problems which can be adequately resolved with scripting languages.

    'how "foreign" they are'
    No, it's really nothing to do with the technology - it's this: "If C wasn't so widespread, I might not have bothered with it" and this "was displaced by Java". With "Duke" running in a browser window, Java grabbed name recognition and became linked with the potential of the Internet. [sun.com]