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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Cobol programmers The first big adopters of computers never would have succeeded without a simple mechanism for writing software that supported the core business. Cobol was the first great tool for writing what the enterprise programmers call "business logic."

Other language of choice: Fortran Special skill: Using self-modifying code like ALTER X TO PROCEED TO Y Social media strategy: Sends out Christmas cards printed on paper Other career choice: Stereo designer Clothing: Tracksuit left over from an early morning mall walk Rhetorical tic: "It's cool." Car: Honda Civic Song: Gillian Hills, "Zou Bisou Bisou" Favorite artifact: Something signed by Grace Hopper

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