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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Java programmers The first great language for the Internet, Java was driven by the promise of running everywhere. The desktops never surrendered to the server farms, but the introductory programming classes did.

Other language of choice: Pascal Special skill: Creating extralong variable names in camel case so the code is self-documenting Social media strategy: Checks Java.net account for local Java Users Group meetings Other career choice: Y2K programmer Clothing: Java One polo shirt Rhetorical tic: "The JVM will just handle it in another thread." Car: Mazda Miata Song: Talking Heads' "Wild Wild Life" Favorite artifact: Something signed by Jim Gosling

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