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Discussion on: What the heck is polymorphism?

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"Their history goes back to the 1970's, so they're [...] older than object oriented programming."

Errr... Object oriented programming dates back to Simula 67, released in 1967 (or even further -- you can do OOP without language support, as long as your language supports indirect function calls, and there are anecdotal stories of people creating objects in assembly language all the way back to the 50s).