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

C programmers C grew hand in hand with all of the variations of Unix and is still used by those who love Unix and Linux. It remains the tool of choice for those who program "close to the metal."

Other language of choice: C++ Special skill: Remembering to free everything malloced Social media strategy: Posts to Usenet three times a month Other career choice: Bell telephone switch technician Clothing: Red Hat T-shirt from the early days Rhetorical tic: "Wouldn't you rather handle the memory yourself?" Car: Original Toyota Land Cruiser Song: Something by the Ramones Favorite artifact: Bell Labs coffee cup

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