I did a search of all BYTE issues that covered programming languages and highlighted on the front cover:
- Pascal — August, 1978
- LISP — August, 1979
- Forth — August, 1980
- Smalltalk — August, 1981
- Logo — August, 1982
- C — August, 1983
- Modula-2 — August, 1984
- Prolog — August, 1985 (Declarative Languages, incl. Hope, ML)
- Object-oriented Languages — August, 1986
- Prolog — August, 1987
- Lisp — February, 1988 (In Depth)
- C — August, 1988 (In Depth)
Where’s BASIC and Eiffel? Interestingly, they didn’t seem to cover C++. (They didn’t cover COBOL and FORTRAN because these were typically mainframe languages.)
When BYTE made a programming language its cover story, it was a big deal. It was a powerful way to raise awareness about a language to millions of programming enthusiasts everywhere. What better way to generate grassroot interest?
BYTE was one of two programming magazines that I grew up with. (The other was Dr. Dobb’s Journal.) It was extremely influential. Jerry Pournelle was probably the most famous journalist writing for BYTE and I followed him a great deal.
When BYTE closed down in 1998, it was a sad day for programmers everywhere.
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