Leonid Radvinsky Is Breathing New Life Into an Old Programming Language

Old programming languages never actually die; they either find specific niche uses or become learning platforms. Such is the case with COBOL,, and Visual Basic, which has become a teaching tool for coding students. More importantly, old programming languages serve as the basis for their new and improved counterparts.

Leonid Radvinsky, a technology entrepreneur who believes in the power of open source projects that can help future generations, believes that there are many lessons that coders can learn from Erlang. Erlang was an old programming language that was pretty flexible and scalable, but it also had a steep learning curve and confusing syntax. Radvinsky is the one of the main proponents of the Elixir project, which relies on contributions made by the open source community to create a future-proof coding language.

If the Elixir project continues to achieve its goals and milestones, this new language could one day become the “Java of the future.” This is something that the founding developers of Erlang thought they would achieve, but the complexity and lack of user-friendliness got in the way. To a certain extent, Erlang seems destined to fulfill scientific applications, and this may have justified its difficulty for the average coder.

For a programming language to achieve widespread use, the international community must accept it, and this is another aspect of programming in which Radvinsky is interested. In addition to Elixir, Radvinsky has invested in B4X, an open source set of programming tools that make it easier for developers to create Android and iOS apps, along with Arduino boards and drivers for devices connected to the internet of things. One of the principles of B4X is to promote the tools to an international audience of developers.

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