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Interesting Programming Facts You MIGHT NOT Have Heard Before

A lot of people find Computer Programming utterly boring or utterly difficult, a field exclusively reserved for boring nerds and anti-social geniuses. On the contrary Computer Programming is very dynamic, intriguing and very exciting. Here are some fun facts about programming that will change your views about it and maybe lead you down a new career path.


No. 1

Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the English poet Lord Byron, is considered to be the first computer programmer. In 1843, she worked with Charles Babbage to create the first program for one of his machines—the Analytical Engine.


No. 2

Most web pages are built using more than one programming language. An e-mail website, for example, is made with three programming languages: CSS, HTML, and JavaScript.


No. 3

Coders who study and write malware are known as hackers. Those who write malware to commit crimes are known as “black-hat” hackers, and those who write programs to protect against malware are called “white-hat" hackers.


No. 4

NASA’s reusable spacecraft, the Space Shuttle, went into space using a computer designed in the 1970s. It had less code than most of today’s cell phones!


No. 5

Computer games are so popular that the games industry is now worth more than the movie industry!

In 2009, Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson released the first version of Minecraft, a building game he’d made. By 2014, Minecraft had around 100 million registered users and was sold to Microsoft for $2.5 billion.


No. 6

The first game was created in 1961. Spacewar! is a space combat video game developed by Steve Russell, in collaboration with Martin Graetz and Wayne Wiitanen, and programmed by Russell with assistance from others including Bob Saunders and Steve Piner.


No. 7

The first virus was created in 1983. The "Elk Cloner" for the Apple II Systems was created by Richard Skrenta. It infected the Apple DOS 3.3 and spread to other computers by floppy disk transfer. The "Elk Virus" was responsible for being the first computer virus to cause a massive outbreak ever in history.


No. 8

The first computer “bug” was identified as a dead moth. On September 9, 1947, computer scientist Grace Hopper reported the world’s first computer bug—a moth trapped in her computer at Harvard University. The engineers who found the moth were the first to literally "debug" a machine.

Majors related to computer programming are among the highest paying in colleges and universities. The lifestyle we live today with our tablets, and mobile phones wouldn’t be possible without computer programming. Most people are intimidated by the thought of learning how to program, however as with anything, the more you practice and repeatedly do that task, the easier it gets. Computer code might look like a foreign language, but it is a language anybody can pick up quickly, with a little practice!