How have programming languages evolved

To continue with the theme of this project continuity and change I decided to look into the history of programming languages. I decided to talk about programming languages since they started to pick up pace in the ’50s.

The first-ever “programming language” was created well before its time by Ada Lovelace. The reason I say it was well before its time is that it predated the computer. The first-ever “real” programming language was called Plankalkül. Plankalkül allowed for the creation of procedures that would store chunks of code that could be used to perform routine actions. Although there were programming languages like Plankalkül it wasn’t until 1959 when the first programming language that is still used today was created called FORTRAN.

Now that I have covered some early programming languages let’s look at some more recent ones. The first modern programming language we are going to be looking at is python which was created in 1991 and is still being used by companies such as Google, Yahoo, and Spotify. The last language we are going to be looking at is Java which is object oriented and was invented in 1995 and can be used for all types of things.

So how have programming languages changed and stayed the same? I feel that just looking at some example code from the different languages can give you a good understanding.





When looking at the code from each language you can see lots of similarities and differences with structure and functions. The first big difference is the indentation with most modern languages requiring indentation whereas in FORTRON indentation is not required. You can also see lots of similarities in functions with all sharing the if-else function. Along with the if-else functions they all have a form of the print function.

In conclusion, I was surprised to see how much in common older programming languages had with more recent ones and am looking forward to looking more into languages such as FORTRAN.

Continuity and change in Disneyland

How have Disneyland rides changed since the opening of the park? well, that’s a tough question to answer since there were 13 opening day attractions. Because of that in this post, I’m just going to be focusing on one Toads Wild Ride.

Unless you are well versed in Disneyland rides you may be wondering what is Toads Wild ride? According to my research, it’s a creepy ride based on the movie The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
So how has it changed over the years? Unlike many other classic Disneyland rides, they didn’t change it due to racism. Most changes were just to modernize the ride like changing the exterior from a tent style to look like a castle. Along with the exterior changes, they also updated the interior to be more modern. Other than that there weren’t any other big changes. Although they did change the exterior and interior the fundamentally the ride is the same with the same story and vibe.

In conclusion, Disneyland rides are a good example of continuity and change since they tend to evolve with the times but will also show what people have and most likely will always enjoy.

Week 1 formative post

As for all first weeks of a new project, we started this week with a brief introduction to our new project. Following the introduction, we did a need-to-know chart. With this new project since we had so much to do we got straight into our first big assignment. For this assignment, we had to interview the deep cove heritage society in a group of two or three. But before we were able to conduct the interview we had to contact our assigned interviewee. This came with a few challenges since my partner and I were both online this week. The biggest of those challenges was communication since we didn’t have any face-to-face communication. Luckily we were able to use facetime and iMessage to communicate which allowed us to complete the assignment without a ton of issues. Around the same time as we were contacting our interviewee, we also had to do a practice interview with our partners. This milestone went by pretty easily since I feel we followed the requirements pretty well. Overall I feel this was a very productive week and even though I ran into some issues I feel I was able to overcome them.