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The Art of Code

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Do you remember the first time you played Oregon Trail on an Apple II? Used a mouse? Designed and printed a newsletter on your Macintosh? Perhaps wrote your first line of code? We think you’ll agree that software—and the code that drives it—is magical.

Follow us for a year-long exploration and celebration of the Art of Code! We’re holding events, publishing little-known insights, and releasing historic source code from Adobe, Apple, and Xerox PARC. As the leading museum decoding technology’s past, present, and future, we plan to intrigue and wow you.

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Adobe PostScript Source Code Release

December 2022

For digital printing to take off in the early 1980s, a new programming language needed to be developed that could define the words and images on printed pages across different computers and printers. That revolutionary software was Adobe’s PostScript, and it lead directly to the PDF format that is everywhere today.

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Apple Lisa Source Code Release

January 2023

Before the Macintosh, there was Lisa. Though a commercial failure, the Lisa brought the first modern graphical user interface out of the lab at Xerox PARC in 1983. Then, the Apple Macintosh became the first successful computer to deliver the graphical user interface “to the rest of us.” Without the Lisa, there wouldn’t be a Mac or an iPhone.

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Apple Lisa Event

Join CHM as we celebrate the Apple Lisa’s 40th birthday! Trace the ongoing impact of Apple’s most successful failure with insider stories by original Lisa team members, expert commentary on Lisa’s pivotal role in computing history, and much more. Subscribe to our newsletter for details about this event. 

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Xerox Alto Source Code Release

March 2023

The groundbreaking Alto, created at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center in the late 1960s and early 1970s, featured the first modern graphical user interface (GUI) in the form of Smalltalk. It had a profound effect on Steve Jobs, who developed a similar GUI for the Lisa and Macintosh computers.

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