The first computer programmer was a woman born in 1815. Ada Lovelace published her algorithm to compute Bernoulli numbers over 200 years ago, but the advent of modern high-level programming languages wouldn’t occur until the 1950s.
From the 145,000 lines of code that took humans to the moon, to the 2 billion lines run by Google today, code has become an essential part of our culture. Since the invention of the first personal computer over 40 years ago, software development has become a far more valuable skill.
The mind of a developer can be a chaotic place, filled with outlandish ideas, creative problem-solving, and rational decision making. Computers may be capable of calculating things millions of times faster than humans, but they can’t do it unless we tell them how.