Monday, February 20, 2017

Hats off to Hopper!

As I learn more about the history of computing, I'm realizing that many, and maybe most, of the pivotal contributions  have come from women.

For example, Ada Lovelace, is credited with developing the first algorithm during her work on Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Today, I learned a little more about Grace Hopper. (The image is from Wikipedia.) As well as developing COBOL (one of the first languages I remember hearing about), I now realize that Rear Admiral Hopper wrote the first compiler.

I consider myself to be a semi-competent and a fairly experienced scientific programmer and I have a hand-waving knowledge of many aspects of 'computer-stuff'. However, I have not the faintest inkling of how I would go about making a compiler.

Hats off to Hopper!

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