Blog | A Super-Short History of ‘Hello World’

Something We Thought About

If you’ve ever set up a new WordPress site, you’ve likely seen the “Hello World” blog post automatically added to any new install of the blogging platform. But if you’re not a programmer or you’re not brushed up on the history of computer coding, you might not know the story behind the post or how common the declaration is in computer science classrooms across the world.

So what does ‘Hello World’ mean, and why did it end up on every wordpress site ever? Here’s the basic rundown – In 1972, the simple program was found in Bell Laboratories’ Brian Kernighan’s A Tutorial Introduction to the Language B:

extrn a,b,c;
putchar(a); putchar(b); putchar(c); putchar(‘!*n’);

a ‘hell’;
b ‘o, w’;
c ‘orld’;

The result is, you guessed it, “hello, world!”

Ever since, the simple program has been adapted for nearly every programming language as the most basic way to understand the languages core function. It’s also a way for nerds (like us) to announce to the world that they are… well, nerds, and have started the exciting and profitable trek toward coding awesomeness.

But while the creators of WordPress, the most widely used and powerful blogging platform around, are most definitely paying homage to this nerdy tradition, they’ve also stumbled upon the core function of their business: to introduce YOU to the world. In fact, anyone who has ever built a website is actually just trying to create a digital lantern on a hill that will introduce them to the world, show them how great they are, and hopefully earn them some cash, street cred, or digital high fives (now known as Facebook likes…).

This is what Wide Lens Creative does with your site. We make it awesome, make it work, and make it visible so that you can introduce yourself and your company to the world with a firm handshake and incredibly intense eye contact that says, “Trust me, I know what I’m talking about and you should definitely pay me for it.”

From consultation, design, implementation, SEO and ongoing testing and iterations, we have the tools to make your site stand out from the crowd. After all, when you say “Hello World,” shouldn’t the world be listening?

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