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This Week in Tech: Programming Turns 70

April 12th, 1947: ENIAC, the world's first general-purpose programmable electronic computer, ran the first code written in the modern paradigm, marking the birth of computer programming as a profession.

  This first test code ran computations for the hydrogen bomb.

  ENIAC could perform complex coded operations like loops, seen today in languages like JavaScriptRuby and Python.

  These first professional programmers were all women, a fact that took 50 years to be recognized.

Coding ENIAC to solve a single problem would take weeks. Today, you can build a website in a matter of hours!