[SIGCIS-Members] Origin of the words 'program' and 'programming'?

Nathan Ensmenger nathanen at sas.upenn.edu
Mon Feb 16 08:50:23 PST 2009

On Feb 16, 2009, at 10:34 AM, Marie Gevers wrote:

> Could anybody tell me when and in which circumstances the words
> 'program' and 'programming' did appear?
> Marie Gevers

There is a nice discussion of this question in David Grier, "The  
ENIAC, the verb 'to program' and the Emergence of Digital Computers,"  
Annals of the History of Computing 18:1 (1996), 51-55.


Nathan Ensmenger
Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Chair
History & Sociology of Science
University of Pennsylvania

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