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PHEW! The first 40% of my career was dominated by C/C++. This didn't mean I didn't program in anything else (just for business, by 1997 I'd programmed in C, C++, Pascal, 8086 assembly language, Dos batch, Rexx for OS/2, and SQL, and Microsoft Basic in its several dialects before VB6 and Office 97).
SQL has become the standard database query language. Any developer working with commercial databases will eventually wish they knew SQL. It's not new, though.
Java, or rather the Java Virtual Machine, is the current "universal language." The Java Virtual Machine insures that Java code will run identically on an 80386 relic or an MVS mainframe and everything in between, including a host of smart devices that live in your home and car. Think of how you would build C/C++ for folks who you never want to bother with what's actually inside their data (you know, like BITS) and that's Java. C# on the .NET environment is similar, but much less portable.
Go and Dart seem to be the contenders for a new system language to do what C once did. Dr. Dobb's Journal has some interesting articles about these.
I'll skip the functional languages, except to say that if you've never played with Lisp, they will change your world. Any of them will do this, so I suggest you try any of them. It will open your mind to new ways of thinking about computation.
That should do for starters
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"It's not what he doesn't know that scares me; it's what he knows for sure that just ain't so!" - Will Rogers, said by him about Herbert Hoover
The only use I can think of for a pigs nose is to snuffle for truffles. Certainly no Englishman would ever eat one, he would throw it to the dogs. I suppose the French would eat them, there is precious little a Frenchman wouldn't eat in my experience, and I suppose all that 'Southern' and 'Cajun' stuff is full of French influence.
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Certainly no Englishman would ever eat one, he would throw it to the dogs.
Are you sure? Traditionally practically nothing of an animal was wasted. Maybe some parts, like the ears, are now usually given to the dogs, but look what Wikipedia has to say about what you usually do with a pig's head:
Head - This can be used to make brawn, stocks and soups. After boiling, the ears can be fried or baked and eaten separately.
See, even the British will eat anything as long as it is prepared in a way that they don't notice it.