How to create an instance of a python class from C++

Gene Heskett gheskett at
Wed Mar 5 23:21:03 CET 2014

On Wednesday 05 March 2014 17:09:53 Grant Edwards did opine:

> On 2014-03-05, Alister <alister.ware at> wrote:
> >>> Why are you creating an ABC?
> >> 
> >> Because it was the first binary computer that did calculations with
> >> electronic switching elements (gates), and it would be really cool to
> >> have one! The ABC also pioneered the use of capciators as
> >> regenerative storage elements (it's how DRAM still works today).
> >> 
> >>
> >> 
> >> It predated ENIAC, and it's clear that some of the features of ENIAC
> >> were inspired by the ABC after John Mauchly visited Iowa State and
> >> saw the ABC.
> > 
> > But it was not programmable
> True.  It had only one program that was hard-wired into it when it was
> built as opposed to the external patch-cords and switches that were
> used on machines like Colossus and ENIAC to alter the wiring.
> > the first programmable electronic computer was 'Colossus' which was
> > developed during WWII but remained classified by the UK govt for many
> > years afterwards
> > 
> >

What machine was it that had about 12,000 12AU7 vacuum tubes in it for 
logic?  They had one of those, adapted to read the output of a bed of 
photocells installed in a Harris sheet fed press on the SUI campus in the 
later 1950's.  I saw it running once, grading the test score sheets from 
the Iowa Tests that were being used in lieu of the high price per seat S-B 
IQ test in the Iowa schools.  It was IIRC a somewhat difficult test when 
they threw it at me in the 7th grade a decade earlier, they claimed the 
test score were interchangeable with the S-B scores, but I somehow managed 
a 147 on it at the time.

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