The First Software Tester in History?

This week saw the 107th Birthday of Grace Hopper. Grace lived from 1906 to 1992 and she was widely regarded as one of the pioneers of software development, and also had a glittering career in the Navy. In fact she was often referred to as “Amazing Grace”.

In her long list of credits she was the first person to coin the phrase ‘debugging’. Many testers today often asked the question, where did the term ‘software bug’ come from. Well, it came from Grace Hopper and she got the idea while removing a moth from a computer!

Grace also cam up with the idea of machine-independent programming, which ultimately led to the development of COBOL, which was one of the very first modern programming languages.