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A History of Programming & Other Such Ridiculous Things by Mark Bates

Recorded July 01, 2014 at ChicagoRuby Downtown

Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Wozniak. These are all people who’ve never been in our kitchens. We’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? We 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!

About Mark Bates

Mark Bates has been developing Ruby applications since 2005, and before that, he spent many a year in the dark recesses of Java. Mark is the author of three books: Programming in CoffeeScript, Distributed Programming in Ruby, and Conquering the Command Line. Mark travels around the world speaking at conferences such as RubyConf, RailsConf, Aloha Ruby Conf, ConFoo, and more. Mark is also a co-organizer of BostonRB, one of the largest Ruby user groups in the United States.

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