I came across this interesting transcript of a talk given by Chris Granger. In it, he describes the journey of Eve, a programming language that was meant to democratise programming and make it easy for non-technical types to learn and develop their own systems. This isn’t an original idea - it’s been attempted many different times. And, just like those other systems, it ultimately failed in it’s goals. In my eyes, there are two reasons for that.
In my current job, I’ve been using Clojure as one of the main languages. Every time I go back to it, it makes my heart soar. Ok, I might be overexaggerating a little. But it is great.