What is the most beautiful programming language?
The common languages have been around for a long time. Simply spoken, they are used so much today because everybody knows them and it's convenient, and because it would suck having to rewrite all that old code. Not necessarily because the language itself is beautiful, right? Java is often called too verbose, C++ is just big and maybe therefore can be hard to understand, Python, although it wants to simplify things, still reeks quite a bit of C with all its pointers to 'self'... What language, if we forget its popularity for once, is syntactically and structurally, from the viewpoint of efficiency or expressiveness, the most beautiful language? And what factors determine such a 'close to ideal' language?