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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 4 • Oct.-Dec. 1998

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  • A survey of digital computer memory systems

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):15 - 28
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    Many types of storage and memory systems have been proposed for use in digital computing systems. The survey paper discusses only the various systems whose reaction time is faster than human reaction time and employs a historical approach to the subject. Criteria for evaluation are discussed as well as comparisons among the different systems as to general applicability, ease of construction and us... View full abstract»

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  • Alternate Sources Of History

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):79 - 80
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):81 - 84
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  • The history of Fortran I, II, and III

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):68 - 78
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    The article discusses attitudes about “automatic programming”, the economics of programming, and existing programming systems, all in the early 1950s. It describes the formation of the Fortran group, its knowledge of existing systems, its plans for Fortran, and the development of the language in 1954. It describes the development of the optimizing compiler for Fortran I, of various lan... View full abstract»

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  • The “Last word” on Charles Babbage

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):10 - 14
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    One can learn a lot about the later years of a person's life by examining his or her medical records. In the case of Charles Babbage, his reputation as “an irascible genius” can be understood much better if one knows that he suffered a number of physical ailments. In an attempt to shed some further light on the later life of this man, we present some of the medical reports produced aft... View full abstract»

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  • Stalking the elusive computer bug

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):5 - 9
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    Stalking computer bugs, that is to say, finding errors in computer hardware and software, occupies and has occupied much of the time and ingenuity of the people who design, build, program and use computers. The author considers the origin of the word bug. From at least the time of Thomas Edison, U.S. engineers have used the word bug to refer to flaws in the systems they developed. This short word ... View full abstract»

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  • Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, 1838

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):29 - 45
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    Charles Babbage commenced work on the design of the Analytical Engine in 1834, following the collapse of the project to build the Difference Engine. His ideas evolved rapidly, and by 1838, most of the important concepts used in his later designs were established. The paper introduces the design of the Analytical Engine as it stood in early 1838, concentrating on the overall functional organization... View full abstract»

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  • Programming the EDSAC: early programming activity at the University of Cambridge

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):46 - 67
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    The EDSAC computer was completed at Cambridge University, England, in May 1949. By early 1950, a programming system had been set up, and the EDSAC began to attract a number of regular users. The article describes the development of the programming system between the first operation of the machine in May 1949 and the end of that year. Subsequent programming developments in 1950-1952 are also descri... View full abstract»

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Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
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