New Hampshire has installed what appears to be the first landmark roadmark, respecting computer programming, According to Concord Instructor. The new poster honors BASIC, the versatile beginner symbolic instructional code, a programming language invented at Dartmouth College in 1964.
The sign came after Concord Instructor the journalist David Brooks noted in a column That the 255 historical landmarks of the state have honored things like bridges and historical figures, but that there has been "little worrying about the technical and scientific achievements of New Hampshire" . Sharing system – a forerunner of the Internet. "They count at least as much as a covered bridge," wrote Brooks.
Two mathematicians developed the language: John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz, who wanted to create an easily accessible programming language for students. Brooks notes that BASIC "you have probably done more to introduce more people to computer programming than anything else." never created. "
There are other historical benchmarks for computer-related topics – one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania honors creation of BINAC, "the world's first commercially stored electronic program, digital computer program", while another San Jose is for IBM RAMAC (Random access method to accounting and control), but it seems to be the first for the creation of a programming language. The state said it did not have enough space to honor the Dartmouth time-sharing system in the same panel.
The sign itself is located on Route 120 in New Hampshire, a short distance from the college and BASIC creation. Brooks notes that there is a practical reason for this: historical landmarks are reserved for national highways, and all roads in and out of Dartmouth are urban streets. Already, Brooks notes that he's thinking of other potential signs: the time-sharing system of Dartmouth, a conference at which "Artificial Intelligence" was invented in 1956, as well as other scientific innovations around the state.