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Dylan is a multi-paradigm programming language that supports object-oriented programming, imperative programming, and functional programming. Dylan's syntax resembles that of C++. It has first-class functions, multiple inheritance, automatic memory management through garbage collection, and a module system for organizing code. The language was influenced by Lisp but sought to provide a more familiar syntax for developers coming from C-like languages while still maintaining some expressive power. Despite being used in commercial products like Apple's Newton devices and Harlequin's DMS/ESP software development kit., Dylan never achieved significant popularity in the mainstream developer community.

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