Ever find it hard to remember how things (technologically speaking) were when we were young(er)?
I found myself yesterday with my younger sister, being amazed because she had never seen, and of course never used a typewriter.
So every now and then it’s nice to look back, and remember, and thank all those who have played an important role to get the rest of us started in this great field.
Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first computer programmers and a pioneering forerunner in a technology that came to be known as software, died on March 23 at a nursing home in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 86.
Ms. Bartik was the last surviving member of the group of women who programmed the Eniac, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, which is credited as the first all-electronic digital computer.
On behalf of the ACM at UTEP, we thank her for her pioneering work, and we praise her for being one of the first brave women who ventured into what we now call software engineering.
You can find more about her and other pioneers at the New York Times site: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/08/business/08bartik.html?_r=1