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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Issue 4 • Date Oct.-Dec. 2012

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  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): c1
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  • Table of Contents

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):c2 - 1
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  • From the Editor's Desk

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):2 - 3
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  • Reviews [review of "Prometheus (motion picture", Scott, R., Director; 2012) and "The Networked France, Vol. 1: The Meeting of Telecommunications and Computing" (Schafer, V.; 2012)]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):4 - 6
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  • Relational Database Management Systems: The Formative Years [Guest editor's introduction]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):7 - 8
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  • The Relational Database and the Concept of the Information System

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):9 - 17
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    E.F. Codd developed his relational database concept within a community that was attempting to create a general-purpose machine for retrieving and reasoning with data. Rather than just making progress toward that goal, this article argues that Codd's accomplishment marked the end of that effort and traces the heritage of the relational database system as it relates to the concept of an information ... View full abstract»

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  • The RDBMS Industry: A Northern California Perspective

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):18 - 29
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    This article describes the origins and development of the relational database management systems (RDBMS) industry, focusing on the firms IBM, Oracle, Ingres, Informix, and Sybase in the 1980s. The author analyzes the industry's evolution in terms of the disruptive technology paradigm and regional economics and then broadly outlines the industry's later development. View full abstract»

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  • The Relational Model: Beginning of an Era

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):30 - 37
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    Serving as an informal technical introduction to this Annals special issue on relational database management systems, this article gives an introductory overview of the relational model and discusses the value of Edgar F. (Ted) Codd's model. Then, after providing an account of Chris Date's contributions, the author assesses the relational model's effect on the industry and how it might affect futu... View full abstract»

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  • IBM Relational Database Systems: The Early Years

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):38 - 48
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    The relational data model, proposed by E.F. Codd in 1970, inspired several research projects at IBM and elsewhere. Among these was System R, which demonstrated the commercial viability of relational database systems. This article describes the research challenges faced by the System R team and how the technology they created has influenced the development of the modern database industry. View full abstract»

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  • Compiling SQL into System/370 Machine Language

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):49 - 50
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    To improve performance of repetitive transactions in System R, IBM's Raymond Lorie devised a scheme to create, save, and reuse a generalized access plan that could be instantiated with specific values. The author recounts his role in compiling such generalized access plans into machine code for even better performance. View full abstract»

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  • The Oracle Story, Part 1: 1977-1986

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):51 - 57
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    Starting in 1977, the founders of the Oracle Corporation created a product and a company which in less than 20 years would come to dominate the DBMS marketplace, and become one of the world's largest computer software and services companies. With virtually no outside financial investment, the founders bootstrapped the company by developing project software under contract while working overtime to ... View full abstract»

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  • History of the Ingres Corporation

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):58 - 70
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    Developed at the University of California, Berkeley, beginning in 1972, the INGRES relational database management system was originally a research prototype that helped to prove the viability of relational systems. This article describes the subsequent development and commercialization of INGRES and covers the strategic decisions made by the company's founders and the lessons learned from their ex... View full abstract»

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  • Stockholm, Sweden

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 71
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  • Peter J. Denning

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):72 - 77
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  • Early History of SQL

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):78 - 82
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  • Events and Sightings [Obituary of Lawrence A. Welke]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):83 - 85
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  • Collecting the History of the Software Industry

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 88
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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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Editor-in-Chief
Nathan Ensmenger
Indiana University, School of Informatics & Computing
nensmeng@indiana.edu