Programming Paradigms

by Stefan Gruner, Aug. 4, 2023

Programming Paradigms: What happened since the past 30 years?

Dear EAPLS colleagues,

I'm posting this message under the somewhat un-fitting category "other events" because there was not any more appropriate category to be chosen from the choice-menu on the EAPLS announcement web-page.

Since the establishment of Object-oriented programming 30 years ago there has been a multitude of other "paradigms" in the academic literature, including "Aspect"-oriented programming, "Subject"-oriented programming, and many more...

In this context I'd like to ask EAPLS colleagues with knowledge and expertise in this area: What has become of all those "new paradigms"? Did they by-and-large remain academic finger-exercises and bullet-points on professors' Lists of Publications? Have we reached a kind of "fixpoint" in this sub-field of Computer Science? Or are you "feeling" that some genuine new break-through might be coming soon, comparable to the OOP break-through with its huge world-wide impact in the early 1990s?

I'd be interested in your personal opinion on this topic.

If you wish to do so then please feel free to email me: [email protected]

Kind regards and best wishes,


Stefan G. (EAPLS member)