Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's Lady Ada Lovelace day

Just a quick note to remind anyone who's missed it that today is Lady Ada Lovelace day, celebrating the life of a pioneer in computing, and women in technology fields. I don't think most people generally appreciate the role women played in the early days of computing... for more about Ada, and some current women in the field see the great stuff being blogged @ the Adafruit blog.

Back to who'd I'd like to feature... first up is Grace Hopper who was known as the "Mother of COBOL" (it was largely derived from her prior work on another language), and popularized the word "debugging". She for all intents and purposes invented the "high level language", which is to say we program with english-like expressions. Check the link to the Wikipedia page on her for more.

Lastly, I will point out that the ENIAC was programmed almost entirely by a team of six women!

So... happy Lady Ada Lovelace day. Spread the word!

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