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

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Perl programmers The simple language for manipulating text files appeared around the same time as the Internet, so when people needed to fix Web servers, they turned first to Perl.

Other language of choice: Unix shell scripts Special skill: Regular expressions Social media strategy: Arguing on Slashdot Other career choice: Roboticist building simulated dinosaurs for malls Clothing: Jacket and T-shirt Rhetorical tic: "It's the duct tape of the Internet." Car: Tuned Honda Civic Song: Pantera's "Cemetery Gates" Favorite artifact: First edition of O'Reilly's Perl handbook

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