A Real History, really ;)

May 12th, 2009 Posted in Tux for Fun | No Comments »

A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages posted by James Iry is a wonderfully funny, and irreverent look at software development. My favorite?

1987 – Larry Wall falls asleep and hits Larry Wall’s forehead on the keyboard. Upon waking Larry Wall decides that the string of characters on Larry Wall’s monitor isn’t random but an example program in a programming language that God wants His prophet, Larry Wall, to design. Perl is born.

Yup, that’s Perl. :)

Apple IIe. Image from a New Zealander aficionado of classic computers: (http://classic-computers.org.nz/)

Apple IIe. Image from a New Zealander aficionado of classic computers: (http://classic-computers.org.nz/)

Makes me think of my history (herstory?). The first computer I ever worked on was the Apple IIe that included the C/PM card for the full 80 column computer experience. Ah, the memories of WordStar and playing Pong on that Apple.