Wondering how 'hello world' started?

When people start learning anything new in programming, the first code they write is usually called... well 'hello world'. If you're like me, you've always wondered the origin of this phrase in programming.

So that started somewhere around 1970. When the C programming language was being developed at Bell Labs. The very first publication of it was a simple C program that output the string 'hello, world' and a newline character.

main( ) {
        printf("hello, world\n");
}

Today's hello world applications look a little bit different. There's no comma after the hello, and there is usually no need for a new line at the end of world.

def hello():
    print ("hello world")

For me personally, programming has been one of the most fascinating things I've ever learned. I learned programming from an old book I had found in my high school library, and ever since then, I have gone on and to write at least a dozen hello world applications in different programming languages and platforms. Needless to say it creates a good starting point for writing much more complex applications. Connect with me on Github. This also happens to be my very first attempt at blogging. So yes! It's a new hello blog. Cheers to learning!

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