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Hello, World

We’ve all encountered it, especially if we’ve ever dabbled in programming. That simple, two-word phrase that represents a rite of passage for every coder: “Hello, World!” It’s a tradition, a starting point, and a beacon of initiation into the vast realm of computer programming. But why is it so universally recognised, and what’s the deeper symbolism behind these words? Let’s have a look at the history and finally some examples in modern and old programming languages.

A Historical Glimpse

The phrase “Hello, World!” in the context of computer programming was popularised by the book “The C Programming Language” by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie in 1978. This guidebook used the phrase as a demonstration for the basic syntax of the C language. Since then, “Hello, World!” has been adopted by countless programming languages, courses, and tutorials as the default initiation program. I personally encountered “Hello, world!” during my programming education many times of the years.

The Humanity of Hello

At its core, “Hello, World!” encapsulates the essence of human curiosity and our intrinsic need to communicate. The first word, “Hello,” is a greeting – an attempt to initiate dialogue, foster connections, and bridge gaps. Historically, when inventors have made significant breakthroughs in communication, the first messages they’ve sent are greetings. For instance, Samuel Morse’s first Morse code message was “What hath God wrought?”, and Alexander Graham Bell’s words over the telephone were, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

In this lineage, “Hello, World!” is the programmer’s greeting to the vast universe of digital possibilities. It’s a message sent out into the binary expanse, echoing our age-old need to understand and be understood.

The World’s Response

“World” in this phrase represents both the vast expanse of possibilities within the coding realm and our tangible world outside the computer screen. By saying “Hello, World!”, the programmer not only tests and validates the functionality of their code but also symbolically reaches out to the broader audience – their peers, mentors, and anyone who interacts with their creation. You could also look at it a different way. Perhaps we are allowing the computer to reach out and communicate with us in a very primitive way?


“Hello, World!” is more than just a beginner’s code; it’s a symbol of humanity’s enduring spirit of discovery and communication. As you embark on your coding journey or any new venture in life, remember the depth and weight behind this simple greeting. It’s a testament to our shared desire to connect, innovate, and transform the world around us, one ‘Hello’ at a time.

Below I have included several examples for many different languages. I will be completely honest, I have not tried them all, as curious as I am to try them all I just do not have the time. Don’t let me stop you though 🙂


					("Hello, World!")


					public class HelloWorld { public static void main(String[] args) { System.out.println("Hello, World!"); } }


					#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
    printf("Hello, World!\n");
    return 0;


					#include <iostream>

int main() {
    std::cout << "Hello, World!" << std::endl;
    return 0;


					console.log("Hello, World!");


					puts "Hello, World!"


					package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
    fmt.Println("Hello, World!")


					fn main() {
    println!("Hello, World!");


      PRINT *, 'Hello, World!'


       PROGRAM-ID. HelloWorld.
           DISPLAY 'Hello, World!'.
           STOP RUN.


					program HelloWorld(output);
  writeln('Hello, World!');


					10 PRINT "Hello, World!"
20 END


					(print "Hello, World!")


					with Ada.Text_IO;

procedure Hello_World is
   Ada.Text_IO.Put_Line("Hello, World!");
end Hello_World;


					main :- write('Hello, World!'), nl.

Assembly (x86):

					section .data
    hello db 'Hello, World!',0

section .text
    global _start

    ; write syscall
    mov eax, 4            
    mov ebx, 1            
    mov ecx, hello        
    mov edx, 13           
    int 0x80              

    ; exit syscall
    mov eax, 1            
    xor ebx, ebx          
    int 0x80

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