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Microsoft Ebay Intel - none of these companies could have been created if it werent for the development of computer programming languages especially the language of C The base of any computer program is the language that it was written with There are several different computer languages that exist today however C is the most universally known and used The specific intent of this paper is to recall the history and types of the computer programming languages as well as explain why C exists and how it works Throughout the history of the computer programming language there have been several different types of languages all attributing to the many great leaps and bounds of technology There are two basic types of computers that use a programming language The first is an Electro-mechanical computer Electro-mechanical computers rely on gears and wires to operate The first electro-mechanical programming language was the difference engine developed by Charles Babbage in 1822 His engine executed tasks by changing the gears which controlled the calculations This made physical motion the first programming language In 1942 however the US Government built the ENIAC Although more precise and variable the ENIAC still followed my of Babbages principles such as the required presetting of switches and the total rewiring for each calculation The advancements made using electro-mechanical computers may not be evident but they still contributed to the overall growth of programming languages With the arrival of the electronic computer programming languages began to develop into sophisticated applications The second computer used in programming was the electronic computer In 1949 the first programming language for an electronic computer was introduced It required the programmer to change its statements into 1s and 0s by hand however it was the first step toward todays complex languages In 1951 Grace Hooper created MATH-MATIC It used the characters A-0 and a compiler that translated the input from the user into 1s and 0s that the computer can
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