Drupal 7, Bartik, and the ENIAC

Two women operating the ENIAC's main control panel while the machine was still located at the Moore School. "U.S. Army Photo" from the archives of the ARL Technical Library. Left: Betty Jennings (Mrs. Bartik), right: Frances Bilas (Mrs. Spence).

Congratulations to the Drupal 7 team. It’s your work that truly allows the rest of us to stand on the backs of genuises.

In honor of the Drupal 7 launch today, I want to mention Jean Bartik, for whom one of the new core themes is named. Bartik was one of the original programmers of the ENIAC, a computer that was used extensively in World War II.

As a side note, if you would like to learn more about the history of computing, especially at Princeton University, I highly recommend Jon Edwards talk from last fall: “Computing at Princeton: Short Observations and Tall Stories.”