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

Hadoop programmers The tool for building map/reduce jobs is technically not a language, but a collection of libraries written in Java. Not that it matters -- writing the code requires a talent for spotting the best way to spread out the workload over a cluster of machines.

Other language of choice: Java Special skill: Making sure the data is always local Social media strategy: Yahoo coding conferences Other career choice: Actuary Clothing: Flannel shirt with beard, where possible Rhetorical tic: "Big data." Car: Retro Schwinn 10-speed bike Song: Dan Deacon's electronica Favorite artifact: Stuffed elephant

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