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The underestimated legacy of Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie is the inventor of the C programming language, which is the ancestor of a whole family of programming languages that includes C++, Java and C# — probably the three most popular programming languages today — as well as … Continue reading

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The Manchester Baby is 63 years old today

The first “modern” programmable computer with 32 words of memory, is 63 years old today. A revised history of the Manchester Baby, in two parts, by B. Jack Copeland from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, is available … Continue reading

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Geek Mythology: Women and the Start of Software Engineering

According to Geek mythology, when Charles Babbage had invented the Analytical Engine, he sat back and said: “Behold! I have created the first pocket calculator!”. Of course, he hadn’t actually built the thing yet, and lacket the practical skill to … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Software Engineering Practice Faced With The Knowledge That “Bugs Must Exist”

Though laudable, the quest for bug-free software is doomed to failure. This should be news to no-one as the argument for this is as old as I am.

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