Programming as a profession doesn’t have a very long history– only 70 years– but the history we do have is very rich! Let’s dig into the murky origins of symbolic languages and discover how objects and functions were born. We’ll learn how a revolutionary changed the way we manage data and why JavaScript and XML are more closely related than you ever imagined! Let’s meet some of the brilliant, sometimes ornery, and always fascinating characters that have gotten us where we are now.


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Liam Wiltshire at 18:43 on 25 May 2017

What can I say. After 8 conferences, over 100 talks, this was the most touching, genuine and generally brilliant talk I've been fortunate enough to see.

Inspiring, touching, awesome!!!

Zachary May at 12:21 on 26 May 2017


Ed Barnard at 18:21 on 26 May 2017

I've seen this presentation before. This time it was better. We evoked more than history. We showed how it is important to what we do today. We saw the more important part, and in fact why this was correctly scheduled as the climactic keynote: Ourselves as a community. Samantha reminded us what we have been, what we are, and what we can be. Thank you.

Mark Knapik at 10:45 on 29 May 2017

Very nice.
Warm Fuzzies for everyone!

Great talk. I enjoyed learning about the history behind modern programming languages. It was fun to hear about those engineering pioneers. The tribute to the current community was great and motivating as well. Well done!

SH at 17:58 on 30 May 2017

This was a good talk about some of the instrumental founders of different languages, and how technology / programming / coding have transpired from then to now, including the current community of coders and developers.

Sandy Smith at 16:05 on 6 Jun 2017

I expected a good history nerd talk, but the segue into community was inspired.