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.)

@thatcosmonaut
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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@shmibs @thatcosmonaut Giving students a context and history into why and how concepts were invented engages some that would otherwise feel alienated and can make it easier to remember why and how things work.

Sources: I teach programming in an arts department.

....But, this ignorance of the history of a field founded by women and now dominated by men IS NOT A COINCIDENCE OR WEIRD QUIRK OF HOW TO LEARN. This is how society works to enforce power relationships. It's naturalised and invisible.

@celesteh @thatcosmonaut
yeh, totally makes sense to use history stuff in a classroom if it helps people, giving context and all

as for the second bit, yeh, history books have always recorded pretty much only men, and there've always been guys who've been openly aware of that and worked to keep it that way. automated computing wasn't really "founded by women", though, a whole lot of women involved but a whole lot of dudes too.
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