Talks

A History of Programming and Other Such Ridiculous Things

Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Wozniak. These are all people who’ve never been in my kitchen. I’ve never had even a passing head nod with whilst coming out of the bathroom. What size shoes do they wear? What’s their favorite color? Do they know all the lyrics to Katy Perry’s Roar? I don’t know. But perhaps by taking a look at our collective past we can find these answers, and maybe learn a little bit about our future. Or at the very least we’ll get to see pictures of really big computers from the olden days!

  • Mark Bates is the founder and chief architect of the Boston, MA based consulting company, Meta42 Labs. Mark spends his days focusing on new application development and consulting for his clients. At night he writes books, raises kids, and occasionally he forms a band and “tries to make it”. Mark is the author of three books, “Distributed Programming with Ruby” (2009), “Programming in CoffeeScript” (2012), and “Conquering the Command Line” (2014). He also runs the weekly screencast site, www.metacasts.tv.