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Applied Software Measurement: Global Analysis of Productivity and Quality by Capers Jones

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Appendix
Rules for Counting Procedural Source Code
As this book is written in 2008, there are more than 700 programming languages in existence. Since the author first began to collect information on programming languages in 1985, new programming languages have been introduced at a rate of more than one per month.
There are no apparent technical reasons to explain why the software industry needs to have 700 programming languages. Many of these languages were created, experienced a few brief years of popularity, and then were no longer used for software development. In fact, the average age of a large software application is older than the average ...

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