Selecting a Programming Language Made Easy


With such a large selection of programming languages it can be difficult to choose one for a particular project. Reading the manuals to evaluate the language is a time consuming process. On the other hand, most people already have a fairly good idea of how various automobiles compare. So in order to assist those trying to choose a language, we have prepared a chart that matches programming languages with comparable automobiles.


Assembler                               A Formula 1 race car. Very fast, but difficult to drive and expensive to



FORTRAN II                          A Model T Ford. Once it was king of the road.


FORTRAN 77                         A Model A Ford.


COBOL                                    A delivery van. It's bulky and ugly, but it does the work.


BASIC                                     A second-hand Rambler with rebuilt engine and patched upholstery. Your dad

                                                  bought it for you to learn to drive. You'll ditch the car as soon as you can

                                                  afford a new one.


PL/I                                          A Cadillac convertible with automatic transmission, a two‑tone paint job,

                                                  whitewall tires, chrome exhaust pipes, and fuzzy dice hanging in the



C                                               A black Firebird, the all macho car. Comes with optional seat belts (lint)

                                                  and optional fuzz-buster (escape to assembler).


ALGOL 60                               An Austin Mini. Boy, that's a small car!


ALGOL 68                               An Austin Martin. An impressive car, but not just anyone can drive it.


Pascal                                      A Volkswagen Beetle. It's small, but sturdy. Was once popular with



Modula II                                A Volkswagen Rabbit with a trailer hitch.


LISP                                         An electric car. It's simple, but slow. Seat belts are not available.


PROLOG/LUCID                    Prototype concept cars.


Maple/MACSYMA               All-terrain vehicles.


FORTH                                    A go-cart.


LOGO                                       A kiddie's replica of a Rolls Royce. Comes with a real engine and a working



APL                                          A double-decker bus. It takes rows and columns of passengers to the same

                                                  place all at the same time. But it drives only in reverse and is

                                                  instrumented in Greek.


Ada                                          An army-green Mercedes-Benz staff car. Power steering, power brakes, and

                                                  automatic transmission are all standard. No other colors or options are

                                                  available. If it's good enough for the generals, it's good enough for you.

                                                  Manufacturing delays due to difficulties reading design specifications are

                                                  starting to clear up.