From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry

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London, 2003 - Business & Economics - 372 pages
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Awarded the 2003 American Association for History and Computing Book Prize presented by the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC).

From its first glimmerings in the 1950s, the software industry has evolved to become the fourth largest industrial sector of the US economy. Starting with a handful of software contractors who produced specialized programs for the few existing machines, the industry grew to include producers of corporate software packages and then makers of mass-market products and recreational software. This book tells the story of each of these types of firm, focusing on the products they developed, the business models they followed, and the markets they served.

By describing the breadth of this industry, Martin Campbell-Kelly corrects the popular misconception that one firm is at the center of the software universe. He also tells the story of lucrative software products such as IBM's CICS and SAP's R/3, which, though little known to the general public, lie at the heart of today's information infrastructure.

With its wealth of industry data and its thoughtful judgments, this book will become a starting point for all future investigations of this fundamental component of computer history.

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This is not the history of software I'd choose to read, but it's better than nothing, and the alternative does appear to be precisely nothing. It's a business oriented history, with all that implies ... Read full review

From airline reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog a history of the software industry

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Campbell-Kelly (computer science, Univ. of Warwick, U.K.) presents a balanced history of the software industry from the 1950s to 1995. Dividing the business into three sectors (software contracting ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Martin Campbell-Kelly is Reader in Computer Science at the University of Warwick.

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