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5 fun facts about programming

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As I am learning to code, I am reading information about the history of coding. Some of this information surprised or amused me. Therefore, I decided to set up a short list with some fun facts about programming.

5 fun facts about programming

5 fun facts about programming

1) The first programmer ever is Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron.

She began learning mathematics early. Indeed, her mother feared she could turn like her father if she focused too much on arts and poetry. She recognized the potential of Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine and created the first algorithm to be carried out by this machine. The Ada programming language was named after her.

2) In the 50s and 60s, people saw software programming as a “women’s work“ and most programmers were women.

As software programming gained a better status, the field attracted more men. Today, around 80% of programmers are men.

3) The name Python comes from the Monty Pythons.

You know them, these are the guys imitating the sound of a galloping horse with coconuts. Actually, I had once an English teacher who would let his classes watch the Monty Pythons on the last course before the holiday. Another fan was Guido van Rossum, the creator of the Python language.

4) Java and Javascript have actually hardly anything to do with each other.

Java is a class-based, object-oriented compiled language which can run on different platforms, from a computer to a mobile phone. On the other hand, Javascript is a prototype-based interpreted scripting language which runs primarily in the browser. The creators of Javascript had actually first named their language Mocha, then Livescript before finally choosing the name Javascript. Many characterized this choice as a marketing ploy to profit from the huge popularity that Java enjoyed then.

5) More and more people want to learn to code.

The website codecademy, which allows you to learn to code online, claims indeed 45 Mio users. This corresponds to the total population of Argentina.

2 Comments

  • Tina

    This is very interesting. I applaud your willingness to learn coding! I really know nothing about it, although I think eventually it’s something I will have to get into. Great facts!

    • momslovelearning

      Learning to code is not as difficult as it seems. Python, for instance, is great for beginners because it is very straightforward. If you want to be really good at coding though, it is another story. I still have to work a lot if I want to be able to do really interesting things.

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