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Puter industryBoth rebellious and collaborative Hopper was influential in male dominated military and business organizations at a time when women were encouraged to devote themselves to housework and childbearing Hopper's greatest technical achievement was to create the tools that would allow humans to communicate with computers in terms other than ones and zeroes This advance influenced all future programming and software design and laid the foundation for the development of user friendly personal computers A well written look into life at the start of what we think of as programming I don't have a lot of background on the topic but Beyer doesn't just cover Hopper's life he covers a good chunk of the history of the computing industry too There are a lot of parallels to today's industry and some of the differences are really fascinating too Well worth a read

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Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information AgeThe career of computer visionary Grace Murray Hopper whose innovative work in programming laid the foundations for the user friendliness of today's personal computers that sparked the information ageA Hollywood biopic about the life of computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper 1906–1992 would go like this a young professor abandons the ivy covered walls of academia to serve her country in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and finds herself on the front lines of the computer revolution She works hard to succeed in the This book is not what it might seem but I am not complaining It is not a biography of Grace Hopper although it does not claim to be It is a story of how one woman influenced the development of the machine I am typing on now and the software that allows you and me to communicateBeyer tells us that Grace Hopper was a mathematics professor who left her husband to apply her skills to the war effort but never tells us if she ever went on a date again He tells us that she was an alcoholic but does not go into the possible origins of her disease nor does he discuss how she overcame it or actually if sh every really didWhat Beyer does do remarkably well us use Hopper's story to get us reading about how computers developed out of the need to make very complex calculations of fluid mechanics specifically for the invention of the atomic bomb how early machines were so expensive to run that it was actually cheaper to have mathematicians do the calculating and how Grace Hopper had an idea for a compiler that make computer code run automatically Because of Hopper's idea you are able to read this and respond Yes Hopper faced sexism but what was also amazing was how many women were in the nascent computing field with her many started as code writers with the idea that hiring women would be one way to cut the costs of running one of the early room sized machinesBeyer tells us that Hopper was one of the first proponents of open source computing studied everything she could get her hands on was a people person as alcoholics often are and that she innovated by passing her new ideas on to the young staff to work on because they had no inherent biasesThis is an excellent book and if you have any interest at all in how your computer was developed you will be able to follow Beyer's clear writing and patient explanations

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EPUB ✓ MOBI Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age ó 9780262013109 FREE Á [PDF / Epub] ★ Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age ✈ Kurt W. Beyer – Gwairsoft.co.uk The career of computer visionary Grace Murray Hopper whose innovative All male computer industry is almost brought down by personal problems but survives them and ends her career as a celebrated elder stateswoman of computing a heroine to thousands hailed as the inventor of computer programming Throughout Hopper's later years the popular media told this simplified version of her life story In Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age Kurt Beyer reveals a authentic Hopper a vibrant and complex woman whose career paralleled the meteoric trajectory of the postwar com Hopper is one of the most famous early computing pioneers But until I read this book I didn't really understand what she really did or who she was This book is not a general biography The first 35 years of her life are dealt with in one chapter as are the last 30 or so Most of the book is dedicated to her time as a computing pioneer roughly 1943 until 1960 from when she joined the navy until the adoption of the COBOL standard That period involved uite enough achievement to justify a bookAt the start of 1942 Hopper was a successful tenured mathematics professor at Vassar As the year went on she found herself increasingly frustrated and increasingly eager to join the war effort Late that year she joined the WAVES expecting to be put to work on cryptography Meanwhile Howard Aiken at Harvard had convinced the Navy to fund his computing project and had reuested mathematically talented officers to assist hijm As usual with Navy personnel decisions people didn't get what they wanted Hopper was sent off to Cambridge to serve under Aiken Aiken ran the Harvard Mark I like a warship There was a team of officers headed by Aiken and with Hopper as de facto #2 and then a set of enlisted ratings standing watch 24 hours a day running jobs on the machine The programming environment was pretty minimal a program was put in as a punched paper tape with the holes in the tape setting machine switches for each instruction There was also a plugboard for what we might call microcode Hopper with her mathematical training was responsible for writing these programs figuring out how to get the machine to do useful work like producing ballistic tables of the appropriate precision or to numerically integrate complex partial differential euationsThis background had two important conseuences After the war she was one of the first people to see the importance of automatic programming She also had a valuable social network to draw on there was a substantial Harvard diaspora She really did invent the compiler as much as anybody can be said to have done so The first iterations of this A 0 were of course uite primitive like macro assemblers than compilers as we know them But even the insight of we can write computer programs to translate higher level text to machine language is uite a profound one And she followed that up by pushing for the highest possible level of abstraction she understood exactly what the ultimate goal was She was an adroit bureaucratic maneuverer and fought successfully to get her ideas standardized She managed to stack the CODASYL language design committee with her friends and got them to adopt a spec for the common business language COBOL that was virtually identical to her existing FlowMatic system There was a lot wrong with the COBOL design of course but nobody had ever designed a language before and make programming as english like as possible was a perfectly plausible idea that happened not to workThe narrative is reasonably well told There is enough technical detail and context for me to understand what she did and why it mattered; there was enough personal detail to understand who she was as a person I do wish there had been about her as a person I'd have liked a better understanding of what made her so talented and driven and left her so willing to abandon her professorial career and start a new one