The Compiler—50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

Installing Windows might take 5,000 years without the compiler, a remarkable innovation which made modern computing possible. Tim Harford tells a compelling story which has at its heart a pioneering woman called Grace Hopper who – along the way – single-handedly invented the idea of open source software too.

The compiler evolved into COBOL – one of the first computer languages – and led to the distinction between hardware and software.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04n04cm

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