I want to know the programming and computer references present in Steins;Gate.

For example, I noticed the SQL database is referenced.

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SQL book owned by Daru in Steins;Gate

SQL is mentioned, as the question suggests. They even used company and trademarked names:

MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, SQLite, Access, ANSI

Of particular interest is the fact that Oracle, the company that owns Java, is present. It's rare to find original trademarks in anime.

A book for "Goodle Endroid", a clear reference to Google Android, can also be seen:

Goodle Endroid, SSH and other books owned by Daru

A book on SSH, the protocol used for remote administration, is shown, as well as a book that mentions Unicode, JIS (essentially the Japanese equivalent of ASCII), Java, Ruby 1.8/1.9, and Windows:

Unicode and SSH books


Aside from what's mentioned in Wally's answer, following programming and computer-related items appear:

IBN 5100, a clear expy of IBM 5100 that was featured in the original John Titor forum posts: IBN 5100

@chanel textboard, very likely a reference to real-life 2channel: enter image description here

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    @channel is indeed a reference to 2channel (hint: Shift key)
    – Aki Tanaka
    Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 10:37
  • @AkiTanaka depends very much on the keyboard layout. Commented Apr 10, 2016 at 15:35
  • @Worse_Username What do you mean? Are there keyboards that don't output @ when Shift+2 is pressed?
    – Wally
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 17:35
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    @Wally: Most European keyboards have " on Shift-2, @ is shift-' e.g. on the UK layout: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTY#United_Kingdom
    – Macha
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 22:36

I believe the company that they were fighting against,'SERN', is an obvious reference to the company CERN. SERN is known to operate the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, the same goes for the real CERN.

enter image description here

  • Just like John Titor actually existed (most likely as a made-up character, but still). But this isn't programming nor computer-related, and neither is SERN/CERN.
    – Azami
    Commented Jun 8, 2016 at 13:40

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