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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 3 • July-Sept. 2008

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  • [Front cover]

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  • call-for-papers

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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • [Table of contents]

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  • Guest Editor's Introduction: History of Informatics

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):4 - 7
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    The 2007 Methodic and Didactic Challenges of the History of Informatics (MEDICHI) workshop, at Austria's Klagenfurt University, focused on methodic and didactic questions of the history of computing. This issue presents highlights from that workshop. View full abstract»

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  • What Makes the History of Software Hard

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):8 - 18
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    Creating software for work in the world has meant translating into computational models the knowledge and practices of the people who have been doing that work without computers. What people know and do reflects their particular historical experience, which also shapes decisions about what can be automated and how. Software thus involves many histories and a variety of sources to be read in new wa... View full abstract»

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    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s): 19
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  • Beckmann's Studio Computers Specified for Early Computer Art

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):20 - 31
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    When the pioneers of computer art started to produce their works by programming mainframes, using plotters for output, the Austrian sculptor Otto Beckmann took a different path. He used a special computer constructed by his son Oskar Beckmann. This article describes the technical context of early computer art, Beckmann's interdisciplinary team 'ars intermedia', and the development of nonconvention... View full abstract»

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  • A Brief History of Software Engineering

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):32 - 39
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    This personal perspective on the art of programming begins with a look at the state of programming from about 1960, and it follows programming's development through the present day. The article examines key contributions to the field of software engineering and identifies major obstacles, which persist even today. View full abstract»

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  • Social and Political Impact of the Long-term History of Computing

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):40 - 42
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    This article originally appeared in L. Boszormenyi, ed., MEDICHI 2007-Methodic and Didactic Challenges of the History of Informatics, Austrian Computer Society (OCG), Klagenfurt, Austria, 178 pp. The Austrian Computer Society (OCG) has kindly granted permission for an edited version to be published by the Annals. View full abstract»

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  • A Seminar Looking for Traces of History

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    Students need to overcome their reluctance in understanding how, and why, informatics has evolved as it has. Toward that end, the author developed a course-designed as a seminar-in which students were required to reflect on ideas presented in seminal papers and relate them to contemporary concepts in the respective informatics subdomain. This article describes the seminar's structure, methods, and... View full abstract»

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  • Incorporating History in Secondary Education Informatics Courses

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):56 - 63
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    Technical artifacts and mental concepts that help to master, and make sense of, the flood of information surrounding us are vital. This article, based on the 1998 IFIP "History in the Computing Curriculum" report, and existing methods of history didactics, proposes incorporating computing history in secondary schools' informatics curricula. The suggestions made here can be adopted, and adapted, fo... View full abstract»

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  • Mathematics, Computer Development, and Science Policy Debates after World War II

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):64 - 72
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    This study focuses on the work of three mathematicians who collaborated on post-World War II projects. Specifically, the article examines connections between science policy debates and how practices of early computer developers were affected. Debate topics included ownership of technologies developed in private industry and at universities with public funding. Computer developers found solutions t... View full abstract»

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  • Events and Sightings

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  • The Genesis of the Tenet 210: An Early Time-Sharing System

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):78 - 81
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    TENET was the only company that succeeded in building and selling a mid-to-large-scale, general-purpose time-sharing product. TENET was more about advancing the business of time-sharing than about computer science, computer architecture, and invention. It combined practical ideas of others with many of its own to produce a system that was cost-effective, user friendly, and easy to install, operate... View full abstract»

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  • Reviews

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):82 - 83
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    Two books are reviewed in this issue: A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines (Levin, J.; 2006) and The Digital Hand, Vol. 3: How Computers Changed the Work of American Public Sector Industries (Cortada, J.W.; 2008). View full abstract»

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  • Hiroshi Wada: Pioneering Electronics and Computer Technologies in Postwar Japan

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):84 - 89
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    Presents a biography of Hiroshi Wada, who helped promote the electronics industry and computer technologies in postwar Japan. View full abstract»

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  • A Trip down Memory Lane? New Challenges from Other Disciplines

    Publication Year: 2008, Page(s):90 - 92
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    We need to embrace some of the typical historiographical practices of more mature disciplines, such as French history and the history of mathematics, and apply them to the historiography of the history of computing. View full abstract»

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Aims & Scope

The IEEE Annals of the History of Computing serves as a record of vital contributions which recount, preserve, and analyze the history of computing and the impact of computing on society.

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Meet Our Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
nensmeng@indiana.edu