First Computer Program


Today is a computer era. You can see a lot of computer programs, application software(such as MS-Office, Browsers) & system software or programs such as operating system). But have you ever thought that what could be the very first computer program? I bet, most of you have never thought. I have written this article especially to let all my followers to know this thing too.

Let us start with our article. Ada Byron Lovelace, daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, published a paper in 1843 that predicted the development of computer software, artificial intelligence, and computer music. In 1834, Ada heard of Charles Babbage’s ideas for a new calculating engine – the Analytical Engine.

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After translating an Italian’s summary of the engine, Babbage suggested to Ada that she add her own notes. Her notes turned out to be three times as long as the original article! Ada suggested to Babbage a plan for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the Analytical Engine. This plan is now regarded as the first “computer program.”

First Computer Program

Although the computers that we use now were not invented until the late 1900s, Babbage was in the midst of  working on his computer design weighing about 15 tons! Lovelace and Babbage worked together to create the first computer and computer program. Now, the programming language “Ada”, which is the official programming language of the United States military, was named after Ms. Lovelace, and the military standard for the language, “MIL-STD-1815” was given the number of the year of  Ada Lovelace’s birth.


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