You know you’re [getting] old when you notice that each year that passes feels shorter than the one before. Psychologically, it’s in fact correct perception: when you [would] have lived longer, one year is less percent of the age you totally sum up. 🙃
For me — and my perception, of course — it was another very important [although another too short] year!
If 2021 was the year of the M1 MacBook Air, which, again in my opinion, really revolutionized the hardware industry, 2022 was the year I got a chance to dig deeper into Rust software development, and, oh, have just found out how absolutely beautiful this language is!
Now, after several months of [admittedly, not continuous] learning, I think I finally understand why, year after year, Rust remains the most loved programming language, leading by as much as 10% more than number two in the Stack Overflow list.
In short: memory safety without garbage collection (and without implicit reference counting too!) is a dream really did come true!
(Kudos to all people involved; as I’ve confessed already somewhere else, I must add that I wouldn’t have ever believed before that open source and random communities could generate such great things, myself! It’s really almost unbelievable.)
To conclude, and also to extend the findings linked above with a more complete view of interesting computing technologies from my perspective, considering both hardware and software, I’ve set up a small chart below:
Let me know in the comments section if you think I have forgot about anything myself and/or if you have a different view altogether — I’m sure there are thousands of other opinions out there (either only for 2022, for the last couple of years, or for entire decades, depending only on the applied focus).
Thank you for reading, and Happy New Year! Let’s find out together what surprises it will also bring itself!