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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Basic programmers Invented to help Dartmouth students learn to write endless loops, Basic became the dominant early PC language when Bill Gates released Microsoft Basic. All the early games and software for the PCs were written in Basic. Today it lives on as Visual Basic.

Other language of choice: Assembly code Special skill: Using GOTO without creating spaghetti code Social media strategy: Going to Studio 54 Other career choice: Fast-food restaurant developer Clothing: Bell bottoms Rhetorical tic: "It's easy." Car: Last convertible Song: Blondie, "Heart of Glass" Favorite artifact: Cassette version of Microsoft Basic

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