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Hello, Brian Kernighan

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Q: Who is the author of the first documented “Hello, World” computer program?

A: Brian Kernighan from Bell Labs. It was originally part of a 1972 Bell Labs tutorial, “A Tutorial Introduction to the Language B.”

You can learn more about Brian Kernighan and the “Hello, World” program at the following articles in Wikipedia:

There were several people who answered Warren Sande. While this is wrong, Warren & Carter Sande wrote a good little book for teaching children how to program, “Hello World!: Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners.”

And if you were wondering, this first computer program is the inspiration for Kokua’s “Aloha, World.” When we started this company, we wanted to rethink about how to do technology services, so we started at the beginning.

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