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In Pictures: Developer divide, 19 generations of c...
The '60s-era computers received instructions from cards with punched holes, a scheme that dates to the earliest programmable looms for weaving cloth. There was recently a story about a punch card programmer for looms in England that still use the old technology to make lace.
Language of choice: Fortran
Special skill: Not dropping the deck of punch cards
Social media strategy: Joining the right country club
Other career choice: Advertising
Clothing: Dark flannel suit
Rhetorical tic: "They say there's a need for five computers, but I think doubling or tripling that estimate would be more accurate."
Song: Ella Fitzgerald's "Mack the Knife"
Favorite artifact: Wreath made of punch cards
In Pictures: Developer divide, 19 generations of computer programmers