by Edward Deane (Ted)
Software development coding

Before stored-program digital computers

The first computers were not digital, but rather analog. They used vacuum tubes to perform calculations, and could only be programmed by changing the wiring of the tubes. Programs were written on paper tape, which was read by the computer.

1934 worldbrain

Origins of computer science

Computer science is a relatively new field that has its roots in mathematics and electrical engineering. The first computers were created in the early 20th century, and computer science began to be taught as a separate discipline in the 1960s. In the early days of computing, most computer scientists were mathematicians who were interested in using computers to solve mathematical problems. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, however, a new breed of computer scientist emerged who was interested in using computers to create programs that could solve real-world problems. This gave rise to the field of artificial intelligence, which is still an important area of research today.

Early days of computer software (1948–1979) 

The early days of computer software were a time of great transformation for the technology industry. The first computers were large, expensive, and used vacuum tubes to operate. In 1948, John Mauchly and Presper Eckert developed the first electronic computer, called the ENIAC. This machine was used by the United States Army to calculate artillery firing tables.

In the 1950s, several companies began to develop software for commercial use. One of these companies was IBM, which released a series of software products called FORTRAN, COBOL, and RPG. These products were used to create business applications and manage data storage.

Cobol computer

During the 1960s and 1970s, computer software continued to evolve at a rapid pace. New programming languages were created, such as BASIC and Pascal. Computer systems became more powerful, and graphics capabilities improved significantly.

Unix (1970s–present)

Unix was created in the early 1970s as a multi-user, time-sharing operating system. It was designed for large mainframe computers but has also been ported to smaller systems. Unix is still in use today and has spawned several variants, such as Linux and MacOS X. POSIX (1980s) The UNIX Environment Unix is an operating system for mainframe computers and systems that are based on the same architecture.

The rise of Microcomputers

Microcomputers have been around since the early 1970s, but their popularity didn’t take off until the late 1990s. The first microcomputer was the Altair 8800, which was released in 1975. However, it was not very popular because it didn’t have a lot of features and it was expensive. In 1977, Apple released the Apple II, which became much more popular because it had more features and was less expensive. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, microcomputers continued to become more popular and more powerful. In 1995, Microsoft released Windows 95, which made microcomputers even more popular. By the late 1990s, most homes and businesses were using microcomputers.

old Micro Computer

1980 – present

Free and open source software

The development of software has come a long way in the last few decades. In the early days of computing, software was only developed by large corporations and it was expensive and inaccessible to most people. In the 1980s, however, free and open source software began to be developed, which allowed for more people to have access to quality software. This movement has continued into the present day, with many high-quality applications being available at no cost. Additionally, open source software allows for users to modify and improve the code as they see fit, making the software even better. The development of software has also come a long way in terms of the expertise needed to write it. In the early days of computing, users would need to know a lot about computer programming and software design before they could write their own applications.

App stores

Since the debut of Apple’s App Store in 2008, app stores have become a staple in the mobile industry. Google followed suit shortly after with the Android Market (now Google Play), and the market for mobile apps has only grown since. Today, there are app stores for practically every type of device and operating system imaginable.

So what makes an app store successful? Why do users prefer one store over another? And how do developers choose where to release their apps?

There are a few key factors that contribute to an app store’s success. The first is its selection of apps. An app store needs to have a wide variety of high-quality apps if it wants to attract users. It also needs to be easy to use, with a simple and straightforward interface. And lastly, it needs to offer good customer service, with quick and easy refunds or exchanges when necessary.

App store

The rise of git and open source 

Open source software has been on the rise for years. The development model has proven to be successful, efficient, and popular among developers. Git, a distributed version control system, has been at the forefront of this movement. It’s no surprise that git is now the most popular VCS on the planet. Git is a distributed version control system, which means it manages multiple versions of a file at the same time. This makes it possible for a group of programmers to work on the same file simultaneously, to continue to improve the software being developed faster.

2010 and beyond

The new frontier of low code and no code 

In recent years, the number of companies offering low code and no code platforms has exploded. This is in response to the increasing demand from business users for faster, easier ways to create applications without having to learn how to write code. Low code and no code platforms allow users to create applications by dragging and dropping pre-built components, instead of having to write lines of code. While these platforms have been around for a while, they are becoming more popular as businesses look for ways to reduce the time and cost it takes to build applications.

OpenAI Codex, gpt 3 and artificial intelligence in software development 

Artificial intelligence has been a part of software development for decades in the form of expert systems. In the early days, these were custom-built systems that were hand-coded by developers with expertise in a particular domain, such as medicine or law. Today, AI is being used to develop more general-purpose tools that can be applied to a wide range of domains. In the OpenAI Codex project, artificial intelligence is used to program and write software. This is just one example of how AI is being used to automate tasks that were once done by humans. The goal of the OpenAI Codex project is to create a comprehensive, open source library of AI code. This will make it easier for developers to create powerful software applications.

About the author 

Edward Deane (Ted)

Founder & Director 2excel