The Simula introduced the object-oriented programming paradigm and thus it can be considered the first object-oriented programming language and a predecessor to Smalltalk, C++, Java, and all modern class-based object-oriented languages. As it name implies, Simula was designed for doing simulations, and the needs of that domain provided the framework for many of the features of object-oriented languages today.
Simula was developed in the 1960s at the Norwegian Computing Centre in Oslo, primarily by Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard. Syntactically, it is a superset of Algol60, adding features that are close to the modern idea of classes and objects, plus coroutines.
Simula was never just an academic language (it was still used for a few real-world applications as of 2003), but its historical influence is considered far more important than any actual work done with it.
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- Object-oriented programming
- BETA programming language (a modern successor to Simula)
- Simulation language
- ENEA AB