Poodoo im Apollo11-Assembler-Code

„Poodoo“ ist in der Sprache Jabba The Huts „Bantha Futter“. Die Sprache der Huts hatte Lucas damals aus Versatzstücken von Englisch und der Sprache der Inka (Quechua) zusammengebastelt und den Ausdruck „Poodoo“ kennt man wohl vor allem von Sebulba aus Episode 1. Ein Neologismus, hab’ ich gedacht. Ein Fantasie-Wort einer Fantasie-Sprache, hab’ ich gedacht.

Der Code, mit dem sie die Apollo11-Mission damals auf dem Mond geschossen haben, ist schon lange online und jetzt (erst) auf Github gelandet. Selbstverständlich stürzen sich die ganzen Coder auf den kruden Assembler-Code, öffnen Bug Tickets und auf /r/programmerhumor finden sie in dem Kommentaren im Code immer wieder ganz amüsante Dinge. Zum Beispiel Bantha-Futter:

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„Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering for the project, standing next to a stack of paper containing the software“.

Mehr auf Quarz: The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule.

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.

They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Assembly itself is obscure to many of today’s programmers—it’s very difficult to read, intended to be easily understood by computers, not humans. For the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of that esoteric code. […] the code itself remained somewhat obscure to many of today’s software developers. That was until last Thursday (July 7), when former NASA intern Chris Garry uploaded the software in its entirety to GitHub, the code-sharing site where millions of programmers hang out these days.

Within hours, coders began dissecting the software, particularly looking at the code comments the AGC’s original programmers had written. In programming, comments are plain-English descriptions of what task is being performed at a given point. But as the always-sharp joke detectives in Reddit’s r/ProgrammerHumor section found, many of the comments in the AGC code go beyond boring explanations of the software itself. They’re full of light-hearted jokes and messages, and very 1960s references.