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On Tuesday 10 September 2002 05:02 pm, John McDonnell wrote:
> It would appear that on Tue, 10 Sep 2002, Doug Huckaba did say:
> > I heard that when learning ADA during by my time in the Army. Wasn't she
> > Picasso's daughter or something??? (it was an artist I'm sure).
>
> nope... She was the daughter of British poet Lord Byron.
> Also, I've seen suggestions that Babbage was the first programmer because
> without his "analytical engines", she wouldn't have been able to program
> and that he had programmed them before her.

You guys should really read the article.  :-)

Babbage himself never built a working Analytical Engine... 
neither he nor Ada lived to see one.  Ada nevertheless
wrote articles about it and programs for it, inventing
concepts such as "if" statements, subroutines and looping.

Cheers,

-- Rod

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