Early High-Level Programming Languages

In the 1950s and 1960s, there was innovation in the field of computer programming and design. Computers were becoming commercially available and starting to gain widespread interest. In 1951 to Univac 1 was the first commercially available computer for example. FORTRAN In 1957 came about FORTRAN. FORTRAN was considered one of the first high-level programs to really gain popularity. Its design was suited for high performance when programmed and could perform code optimization to improve the performance of programmers’ instructions. It was ‘Formula Translating’ and its success saw it spread to other computers early on. Fortran was built for number… Continue reading Early High-Level Programming Languages

Stored Program Computers

A Stored Program Architecture such as Von Neumann Architecture stores programs in computer memory and if not using an interpreted or JIT programming language the memory and data for programs can be treated the same. This methodology made programming in previous generations a lot easier as it meant the computer could be programmed using punch tape or cards. The first ‘Fully’ stored programming computer was the Manchester Mark 1 which was first operational in April 1949. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchester_Mark_1However there is some dispute as to the true ‘first’ stored program computer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stored-program_computer Before the use of punch cards or tape, computers could… Continue reading Stored Program Computers