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Looking at ProjectEuler and the OEIS website, it seems that some programming languages offer shorter methods of doing something (mathematical) (and I'm not just talking about the obfuscatory syntax). One language that comes to mind is J; another is Maple. It seems that you can do a lot with just a few short calls. Why isn't that added to most languages? Is there a repository that adds the most optimal method to do something into a library for that language so that it may be used?
What is the longest running program? I assume the programs developed for Voyager 1 and 2 are pretty much up there. What other types are there? Is there a never-ending program that is calculating all the primes and storing them in a library somewhere?
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Is there a never-ending program that is calculating all the primes and storing them in a library somewhere?
well there was Deep Thought that determined the answer to life, the universe and everything ...but that did eventually complete.
Now [given the answer] they're trying to trying to figure out the ultimate question, however that will take a much larger computer.
#1. It is odd that some language-specific features don't spread more broadly (APL's matrix manipulation as another example). I guess that the general language users don't need them, so it doesn't migrate into the more common languages. Some stuff does migrate (quicksorts and whatnot), so I assume it's just need vs. experimental languages.
I don't think a "system" counts as a program. Granted, SABRE is possibly the oldest civilian system in existance, but the longest continuously running software probably goes to NASA's various interstellar probes. Earth-bound software is replaced too frequently to even come close to the NASA stuff. 41 years (as of this August/September) and counting... They expect the probes to lose power some time in 2025.
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