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

Cray programmers There was a time when the fastest computers were built by a small company run by an enigmatic genius who spent off-hours digging tunnels in his basement.

Language of choice: Cray's automatically vectorizing Fortran Special skill: Setting up loops so the Fortran compiler could vectorize them Social media strategy: Going to the company holiday party Other career choice: NASA rocket scientist Clothing: White shirt with pocket protector Rhetorical tic: "It's classified." Car: Nondescript sedan that blends into the NSA parking lot Song: Wendy Carlos and Benjamin Folkman's "Switched-On Bach" Favorite artifact: Cray sitting in the NCM outside Fort Meade

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