this is Betty Holberton. she invented the concept of breakpoints for debugging. ever heard of her? you probably haven't, because our field sucks ass and constantly erases its own history.

this is a picture of Betty Jean Jennings (left) and Fran Bilas in front of the ENIAC computer.

alongside a team of four other women, they invented such minor programming concepts as "subroutines" and "recursive nesting"

(LAYPERSON'S NOTE: this is sarcasm. these techniques are fundamental to programming.)

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dunno, kind of like it better this way, like
as far as names go, average comp-sci person isn't likely to know anything more than maybe turing, dijkstra, and de'morgan
rather than slapping peoples' names all over every concept (maths etc) or every third animal, computery things get named something that actually makes sense. and for large projects too, maybe everyone knows linus probably, but almost nobody knows or cares that there was an actual deb and ian behind debian, or who came up with python or whatever
the history behind these things is nice, but it's also very nice that it's not necessary at all to think about while working on things

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