Have you ever wondered where the term “Software” comes from?

Have you ever wondered where the term “Software” comes from?

Based on the Britannica dictionary, software is an instruction that tells the computer what to do; it comprises the entire set of programs, procedures, and routines associated with the operation of a computer system.

Although the term, software was defined in late 1940, the concept of software dates back to the early 19th century.

In 1842, Ada Lovelace (daughter of the poet Lord Byron) came up with the term: poetical science. When the only use of a machine was to calculate the data, she developed a vision of the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching by describing an algorithm for the Analytical Engine to compute Bernoulli numbers.

It is considered to be the first published algorithm ever specifically tailored for implementation on a computer, and Ada Lovelace has often been cited as the first computer programmer for this reason.

As a software company, here at Wish Work, we acknowledge that software is the end-point of the correlation between art and science. Like Ada Lovelace said, a poetical science.

If you are interested in Ada's story, you can watch this video:

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Tina Banayi
Tina Banayi
May 31, 2022

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