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Why a software patch is called a patch

Bram Van Damme explains the origin of the word “patch” in context of software.

A common misconception is that a software bug is called a bug because of an actual bug – a moth – that got stuck in Harvard University’s Mark II calculator in 1947, and Grace Hopper finding it + taping it inside a logbook.

What seems to be legit however is the history of the term software patch.

https://www.bram.us/2017/01/24/why-a-software-patch-is-called-a-patch/

Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band.