In Pictures: Developer divide, 19 generations of computer programmers

From punch cards to JavaScript, computing history owes everything to those who've programmed the machines

Punch-card programmers The '60s-era computers received instructions from cards with punched holes, a scheme that dates to the earliest programmable looms for weaving cloth. There was recently a story about a punch card programmer for looms in England that still use the old technology to make lace.

Language of choice: Fortran Special skill: Not dropping the deck of punch cards Social media strategy: Joining the right country club Other career choice: Advertising Clothing: Dark flannel suit Rhetorical tic: "They say there's a need for five computers, but I think doubling or tripling that estimate would be more accurate." Car: Oldsmobile Song: Ella Fitzgerald's "Mack the Knife" Favorite artifact: Wreath made of punch cards

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