Did you know that back in the day, transferring data involved manually punching holes in cards and transporting them between computers by train? Well neither did we. We took a trip to a General Assembly coding lesson in Whitechapel where we began by learning the history of code. The tech guys soon realised this was ridiculous and started connecting computers by enormous cables, which you can see in this map of America in 1977 (London’s even on there).
Our teacher Gerry really knew his stuff and had us all programming our own sites by the end of the lesson. It was great to start with the background of coding rather than diving straight in, as it taught us why we were doing what we were, rather than just typing meaningless text which we’d forget on the way out. The best part of the lesson, but also the most useless, was learning how to edit the html of existing websites, meaning you can change the BBC News headline to something apocalyptic. Great for scaring your parents but not much else. Although you can find hidden job adverts.
Here’s the first ever web page made in 1990.