Grace Hopper on Letterman, 1986

Google’s doodle today reminded me of Grace Hopper’s amazing contributions.

I enjoyed this 10-minute video, and you might as well: Grace Hopper on Letterman in 1986 on the occasion of her (final) retirement.

It’s not deep, but especially in the second half Amazing Grace demonstrates how to talk to a non-specialist audience. Good reminders for all of us who speak Geek Jargon a little too fluently!

2 thoughts on “Grace Hopper on Letterman, 1986

  1. I truly appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thank you again! adcbefgeddee

  2. You are right! As to me, may it sound too harsh, behind too much jargon hides unprofessionalism. Introducing some technical terms cannot be avoided completely, though. When I used to work close with economists, accountants and financial directors (generally, people that far from writing code), I tried as much as possible to keep new definitions at the level 2-3 or under and for those tried to them like I was talking to a 5-year old boy. Not because they were stupid (they were not!), but rather domain-specific problems itself were had enough essential complications already.

    BTW, when I was watching your big September’s meeting, it happened that in the room was another person who was not related to technology and to programming particularly. After Bjarne’s presentation she said that “it is very down-to-earth” to which I agree.

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