I've been coding since 1966 and have seen a number of languages come and go and also held up as "THE" language.
When Microsoft came out with Visual Basic 3/4/5/6 (Classic NOT Net), and with VBA as part of their office suite, I jumped on it and never looked back as it could not only develop rapidly, get the power I needed with API calls, and had the ability to maintain a program years later with little effort without fightly with a language syntax that was obsure especially if I had not used it for a bit.
Microsoft forced the move to NET by deprecating both VB Classic and VC++. I think little of NET as it bloated big time IMO.
SO to finish out my last years, I'm looking for a language where I can port over about 20 VB Classic programs without to much
headache, maintain them, and have the language stick around for maybe another 20 years. Based on my reading, even C++ may not be around.
I know everyone has their favorite, but any constructive suggestions would be appreciated.