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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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Apple Lisa Source Code Release

Available Now!

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. Learn More.

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Adobe PostScript Source Code Release

Available now!

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 led directly to the PDF format that is everywhere today. Learn more.

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Apple Lisa Event

January 31, 2023, 7 p.m. PST

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, demos of a working Lisa, and special opportunities for CHM members. 

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Xerox PARC File System Archive Release

March 2023

Researchers at Xerox’s revolutionary Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) stored their project files on a shared server from the 1970s up to 1994. CHM and key volunteers have recovered source code, executables, and documentation files of all kinds from the server’s backup tapes and worked to make this enormous archive accessible to the public for the first time.

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