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C and Lisp. Nearly every hacker knows one of these, and
most good ones are fluent in both. Smalltalk and Prolog are
also popular in small but influential communities.
There is also a rapidly dwindling category of older hackers
with Fortran, or even assembler, as their language of choice.
They often prefer to be known as Real Programmers, and other
hackers consider them a bit odd (see "The Story of Mel").
Assembler is generally no longer considered interesting or
appropriate for anything but HLL implementation, glue, and
a few time-critical and hardware-specific uses in systems
programs. Fortran occupies a shrinking niche in scientific