The history of computer programming By: Cameron Mcgonigle 9 rg

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The history of computer programming

By: Cameron Mcgonigle 9 RG

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Cameron Mcgonigle was born on the 26th of August 1996. He attends Northwood High school and is in grade 9. His favorite subjects are EMS and English. In his free time Cameron enjoys relaxing and playing sport. His favorite sports are rugby and cricket. When Cameron finishes school his dream is to be an entrepreneur and to own his own business.


Computer programming is a process that has become very popular amongst computer enthusiasts. In simple terms Computer programming is basically a program that uses codes and allows you to control things. These codes are written in special programming languages. At first glance I thought computer programming was a new sensation that had only become popular recently but I was surprised to learn that it has been around for a very long time.


Computer technology only began to develop in the 1940s and that was when computer programming was used more often but the very first evidence of computer programming being used can be traced to the 1800s where Jacques loom created a series of cards with holes punched in them he then programmed the different holes to guide a sewing arm and this would then create automatic decorating patterns. In my view the origins of computer programming can be traced even further back in time to Ancient Greece. In my opinion modern society has benefited a lot from the ancient Greeks and I believe that computer programming was first put into practice during these times. Even though the ancient Greeks did not have technology to work with they still managed to create a form of programming by making what we know today as a calculator, these calculators were very basic but managed to perform its task that is was programmed to perform.

In my opinion the most vital stage of the development of computer programming was during the 1940s and 1950s. As I mentioned earlier technology only really began to improve in the 1940s. I personally believe that this period contributed a lot to modern technology and we gained a lot from the 1940s and 1950s.During the 1940s basic computer programming was created and a few languages were developed through these years. Programming such as c-10, plankalkul and ENIAC were all discovered in the 40s and helped technology to be what it is today.

In the 1950s even more revolutionary technology that would help develop computer programming was created. Three of the most important programming languages that are still used in modern computer programming were produced. The languages were FORTRAN, LISP and COBOL. These inventions may have been very important for the development of computer programming but in my opinion the most important invention of the 1950s was that of ALGOL 60 which was an invention that would help technology even more was.

In order for a person to understand computer programming I feel that they must learn the different type of computer languages. As I mentioned before, the 1940s and 1950s was the first real emergence of computer programming and the 1960s and 1970s allowed computer programmers to continue developing computer programming and in this period they were able to continue developing new languages. In the 80s programmers built on their success from the 50s, 60s and 70s and developed even more new languages. The following programming languages were developed during the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s:

  • Simula

  • C++

  • Smalltalk

  • Ml

  • lisp

  • Cobol

  • Fortran


In my opinion computer programming has become an important part of modern technology and I think it will play a further role in more years to come, computer programming has a long and interesting history and I think it will also have a good future. All I can say is watch this spaceā€¦..

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