The software industry is one of the largest and most influential industries in the world presently. It began as early as 1830s with Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, but was actually established in the late 1950s, when the use of computers for business applications expanded rapidly creating a huge demand for people with programming experience. Gradually the entrepreneurial computer software and services companies of the 1950s and 1960s, grew dramatically through the 1970s and 1980s and became a market force rivaling that of the computer hardware companies. By the 1990s it had become the supplier of technical know-how that transformed the way people worked, played and communicated every day of their lives.

Plankalk├╝l of Konrad Zuse A-0 compiler of Grace Hopper
Fortran of John Backus LISP of John McCarthy
OXO of Alexander Douglas Tennis for Two of William Higinbotham
Logic Theorist of Newell, Simon and Shaw Spacewar of Slug Russell
Sketchpad of Ivan Sutherland UNIX of Ken Thompson
BASIC of John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz VisiCalc of Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston
Simula of Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard RDBMS of Edgar Codd
DOS of Tim Paterson Windows of Microsoft
Mac OS of Apple Aldus Pagemaker of Paul Brainerd
OS/400 of IBM Photoshop of Thomas Knoll
Tetris of Alexey Pajitnov Linux of Linus Torvalds
If you can't make it good, at least make it look good.
Bill Gates