If you are a true nerd you will notice directly if you catch a glimpse of program code in a movie or a TV-series. What does it say in the code? Can you run it? And how much time has the creators put down to make the code? In some cases its just copied code that looks advanced but sometimes the film creators really impresses us. We will take you thru eight movies and TV-series where you can catch a glimpse of programming code.
Jurassic Park (1993)
This list can’t be complete without Jurassic Park. To only hire one single person to run the entire park’s IT-environment might not have been so successful. When in addition it’s Dennis Nedry at the keyboard it can’t go other than bad. In the scene where he starts the program that deactivates the security systems while he himself is stealing dinosaurs eggs, you can see four application windows with code. Two of these show code to handle pict-files, a picture format for Mac. This code is ended by “delete DerezPict.tmp rez.out”. To the left we can see Delphicode. In the window to the right we will find the code to a version handling system. The code demands that you make a comment before you make changes in your code. If Nedry can version handle, so can you! Read hereÂ how you can get started with Git at Binero.
Independence Day Â (1996)
Here we can see the virus code that Jeff Goldblums character uploads to the “mothership”. The code seems to be related to a well-known programming language but you can assume that the aliens have come a bit further in the development. It has been discussed how Goldblums character could write a virus adapted for the aliens computer system and get his Macintosh to communicate with the “motherships” computer. Some leads you get in the movie is: a spaceship that crashed in 1947 has been used to learn more about the aliens technique. The aliens has also used our satellites to coordinate their attack. A guess is that the technique from the crashed spaceship has contributed to our own technical development that then has been similar to the aliens’. Â The theory that Steve Jobs has used extraterrestrial technique there for explains a lot.
The thriller Unthinkable with Samuel L. Jackson in one of the leading roles is about a man that threatens to blow up an atomic bomb in the U.S. The movie is controversial because of the man, that has been caught by the FBI is exposed to torture in order to get him to reveal where he placed the bombs.
In the extended version of the film there is a new ending, where the FBI-agents finds the third atomic bomb and tries to disarm it. The FBI-agent cuts the white cable, attaches his laptop and well.. In the picture you can see what happens there after. If he succeeds in disarming the bomb we will never tell.
Ex Machina (2015)
In the British science fiction movie a programmer from the fictive search engine company “Bluebook” gets to meet a humanoid to see if she can pass the “Turingtest”. In a scene you can see him writing code. The programming language that is used is Python and for ones it is a usable program. The result of the code is “ISBN = 9780199226559”. This is the ISBN-code for the book “Embodiment and the inner life” by Murray Shanahan, professor in cognitive robotics.
Doctor Who, The Bells of Saint John (2013)
Even in TV-series you can catch a glimpse of coding. in this case it is a Doctor Who-episode where human souls are kidnapped when they connect to a public wi-fi. The morals are certain, don’t connect to a wi-fi you aren’t familiar with! The code that you can catch a glimpse of is pretty random, but one thing catches our attention. The IP-number 22.214.171.124 is shown from time to time. The IP-number belongs to a Danish company seems to be used as a server to gather the souls.
Dilbert, Y2K (1999)
This is a classics. Dillbert is foremost famous as a series, but also exists as a animated series.Â This episode was a about a well-known problem – the millennium bug. Programs that stored years with two numbers risked to interpret 00 as 1900 instead of 2000, with unknown consequences. The un experienced Asok argues that it is shown as COBOL that he has read about in the history books but he is wrong, the code is more likely C++. In the code you can catch a glimpse at handles the lengths of plants in a pretty bizarre way and a lot of names is shown. Among others Mark Schiebs name that was one of the people working with the animated show.
Â CSI Cyber, Crowd Sourced (2015)
CSI got two spinoffs; CSI Miami and CSI NY. In 2015 it was time to concur the world with the spinoff; CSI Cyber. In the fifth episode they are hunting a man that is obsessed to reveal his version of the truth and to blow up bombs. The code the man uses seems to be a mix of regular HTML-code and bashcode. The police is shut out of changing the code with a small if-construct. In this TV-show we can see many different types of code, but don’t have to high of demands on the realism of it.
The Big Bang Theory,Â The Bus Pants Utilization (2011)
In the twelfth episode in season four, the guys decides to build an app to be able to calculate mathematic equations. Sheldon quickly gets trowed out of the project as he refuses to cooperate. On a whiteboard you can see parts of their code to the app. It seems to be written in Objective-C and custom to iOS. You can suspect that the code has been created particularly for the show.
If you are interested in reading more about code in movies and TV-series we recommendÂ “Source Code in TV and Films” where we found our inspiration to this post.