What do you do with a programming language?

  1. I know C++, but it's been years since I last worked with it.

  2. I know C++, but it's been years since I last worked on it.

Of course, we could always use the seemingly more obvious (and safer) alternative:

  1. It's been years since I last coded in C++.

but that's not what I want.

Is there any word/phrase which means to "code in" a programming language?

  • Why don't you want to code in? But you could always say just to write.
    – stangdon
    Apr 22, 2017 at 16:45
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    Remember that you're not working on C++ unless you are developing the language itself.
    – Robusto
    Apr 22, 2017 at 16:57
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    You could use "developed in it" or "programmed in/with it", but that's not really significantly different than "coded in". Honestly if I were just to say something like this, I'd probably just went with "I know C++ but it's been years since I've used it."
    – PMV
    Apr 22, 2017 at 17:00
  • @PMV Doesn't saying that I "use" a programming language brand the language as a mere object to use rather than a language to code in? Apr 22, 2017 at 17:03
  • Not if you're a developer. I say "use" all the time with coworkers and everyone knows what I mean.
    – Robusto
    Apr 22, 2017 at 17:12

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A commonly used verb is to program.

Do you know how to program in Lisp?

P.S. This would be quite facetious:

Perl spoken here.

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    the obvious choice
    – M K
    Apr 22, 2017 at 17:34

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