History

The Cathedral and the Bazaar

An essay from the 1990s explores how software can be built like a cathedral or in groups like a bazaar.

Coding the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC)

Learn about and explore the code used to guide Apollo missions.

Single Board Computers

Raspberry Pi, Arduino, BeagleBone, Micro Bit, Edison, CHIP, and other handheld computers trace their history to board computers used by engineers.

Why Do Designers Hate Comic Sans?

The history of the font and the reasons people hate Comic Sans are great ways to learn about typography.

Gnomes, Gnomedozers, Spoonriders, and Zen Gnomes

Why are there so many gnomes available for 3D printing?

Dead Programming Languages

Of 8500 plus programming languages, many are forgotten or lightly used enough to be called dead programming languages.

History of Video Games

Can you name the first video game? The first game likely was Tennis for Two in 1958 but it could be Space Wars! in 1962 or other games. It's complicated.

The Turing Test

The Turing Test, and its creator Alan Turing, have had a profound effect on computer science and artificial intelligence.