In the beginning: personal recollections of software pioneers

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IEEE Computer Society Press, 1998 - Computers - 318 pages
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Capturing where we are today through a tour of yesterday's achievements and helping us better understand the evolution of computing technology, this book recounts the experiences of those who formed and functioned in the "Pioneering Era." In the Beginning: Recollections of Software Pioneers records the stories of computing's past enabling today's professionals to improve on the realities of yesterday.

The stories in this book clearly show modern concepts such as data abstraction, modularity, and structured approaches date much earlier in the field than their appearance in academic literature. These stories help capture the true evolution. The book illustrates human experiences and industry turning points through personal recollections of the pioneers themselves.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Three Eras of Software History
10
Vendor Pioneers
27
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About the author (1998)

Robert Glass is the founder of Computing Trends. He has written more than a dozen books on software engineering and on the lessons of computing failures. Robert is trusted by many as a leading authority on software engineering, especially by those who read his columns in "Communications of the ACM" and "IEEE Software." Robert also publishes a newsletter, "The Software Practitioner," and speaks frequently at software engineering events.
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