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Author Topic: Ada Lovelace - the world's first programmer  (Read 1035 times)
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« on: November 08, 2009, 09:24:18 PM »

I was watching a fantastic special on PBS tonight about women in the digital divide and I learned something really cool.  The first programmer in the world was a woman named Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815–1852).  She was more commonly known as Ada Lovelace and the programming language Ada was named after her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace.

She was programming a machine that had not even been built yet and saw potential stretching beyond mere calculation while others had focused on that potential alone.

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She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is today appreciated as the "first programmer" since she was writing programs—that is, encoding an algorithm in a form to be processed by a machine—for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on these capabilities.[1]
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I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.
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