[TUHS] Grace Hopper

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Sun Dec 10 09:17:54 AEST 2017


On Sat, 9 Dec 2017, arnold at skeeve.com wrote:

>> She coined the term "debugging" when she extracted a moth from a set of 
>> relay contacts from a computer (the Harvard Mk I) and wrote "computer 
>> debugged" in the log, taping the deceased Lepidoptera in there as well.
>
> See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debugging#Origin_of_the_term which 
> indicates that "bug" and "debugging" had been around as technical terms 
> long before that incident.

I need to investigate that further (I'd hate to spread misinformation, 
which is why I enjoy being corrected, esp. in public).

(Pause for a message from the sponsor)

Ah yes, the quote is "First actual case of bug being found" (and it was a 
Mk II, not a Mk I); thanks!

-- 
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