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Was Ada Lovelace the first programmer?

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I vaguely remember being taught in school that Ada Lovelace was world's first computer programmer. Yesterday I became doubtful of this claim after a wikipedia article on her. How true is this?
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she is a mathematician. Not sure if she actually programmed any punch cards though.

Charles babage made the first computer, it wouldn t make sense to let someone else program for you when you invented the damn thing by yourself.
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This was the machine the program was for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytical_Engine

I don't see a problem with calling her technically the world's first computer programmer as that machine seemed like it would have worked and it was a computer. It was what you'd call a computer because math says the machine was "Turing complete". That's the mathematical proof that it could theoretically simulate anything happening on any other Turing complete machine (even if that's just theoretical because too slow in the real world or too expensive etc.).
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