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Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets by Peter van der Linden

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Chapter 5. Thinking of Linking

 

As the Pall Mall Gazette described on March 11, 1889 “Mr Thomas Edison has been up on the two previous nights discovering 'a bug' in his phonograph.”

 
 --Thomas Edison discovers bugs, 1878
 

The pioneering Harvard Mark II computer system had a logbook which is now in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian. The logbook entry for September 9, 1947 has, taped onto the page, the remains of an insect that fluttered into a switch and got trapped. The label reads “Relay #70 Panel F (moth) in relay.” Under this is written “First actual case of bug being found.”

 
 --Grace Hopper discovers bugs, 1947
 

As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn’t as easy to get programs right as ...

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