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
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.
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.