Computing and the Letter P

P Typeface

We all attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing 2007 conference recently, and hats off to the Anita Borg Institute for doing such a super job of running the conference -- it was a phenomenal event. (I was general chair of the conference, so I might be biased!)



I had to speak several times during the event and during one set of remarks, for reasons I can't really explain, I thought it would be entertaining to recite a list of computing words that begin with the letter "P". Several people have written me since and asked me to repeat them, so I thought i would pass them along via blog. Here goes:



Programming

Parenthesis

Pipe

Pascal

Powerpoint

Pearl

PHP

Python

Process

Parameter

Pointer

Pop

Push

Port

Postscript

PPP

Printer

Procedure

Proxy

Protocol

Prototype

PDP-11

Portability

Precedence

Paging

Packet

Parallelism

Parity

Peer-to-Peer

PC

Peripheral

PDA

Password

Pixal

Prefix

Postfix

Polish notation

Processor

Ping

Printf

Punched card

Podcast




and last but not least ...



Polymorphism.



What's up with computer science and the letter "P"?





Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of NCWIT. Letter P appears courtesy of Flickr.