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

JavaScript programmers (second generation) At some point, JavaScript programming turned into a professional path with snooty ideas and endless debates about clean code. Today, many Web pages are powered by sophisticated stacks that can only be maintained by skilled coders. The field is dominated by libraries that abstract away browser incongruities and offer a sophisticated plug-in structure.

Other language of choice: jQuery Special skill: Closures Social media strategy: Waiting for App.net Other career choice: Working as a barista Clothing: Hoodie Rhetorical tic: "There's an open source jQuery plug-in that does it." Car: Fixed-gear bicycle Song: M83, "Midnight City" Favorite artifact: Brendan Eich DM

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