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Posted on 21-02-08 22:22
Actually the first programmable computer was the difference engine invented by Charles Babbage but anyway if your asking about modern computer languages i would say Short Code or FORTRAN i saw a show on UKTV History the other day about the first computers and it was quite interesting :happy:
if i remember right, babbage never actually built his machine because the technology of that time wasnt good enough to make the gears to precision he needed. his schematics were right though. later on someone built his machine and it works. actually it's on display like a mile from where i am right now.
From the Babbage Institute's Website:
In 1985, the Science Museum in London began construction of the Difference Engine No. 2 using Babbage's original designs. The calculating device was completed and working by 1991, just in time for the bicentennial of Babbage's birth. The device consists of 4000 parts and weighs over three metric tons