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

C++ programmers When C programmers looked at the idea of object-oriented programming, they created C++, a baroque version that worked best when the programmer was able to keep track of all the complicated ways code could interact. It took all of the garage-grade DIY intensity and added another way for programmers to prove themselves worthy.

Other language of choice: C Special skill: Multiple inheritance Social media strategy: Friendster Other career choice: Pinball wizard Clothing: Jeans jacket with safety pins Rhetorical tic: "Java pretty much broke object-oriented programming." Car: Ford Explorer Song: The Clash's "Clash City Rockers" Favorite artifact: Borland C++ T-shirt

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