A Computer Science Reader: Selections from ABACUS by Eric A. Weiss (auth.), Eric A. Weiss (eds.)

By Eric A. Weiss (auth.), Eric A. Weiss (eds.)

A computing device technology Reader covers the complete box of computing, from its technological prestige via its social, financial and political value. The book's basically written choices characterize the easiest of what has been released within the first three-and-a-half years of ABACUS, Springer-Verlag's internatioanl quarterly magazine for computing execs. one of the articles integrated are: - U.S. as opposed to IBM: An workout in Futility? through Robert P. Bigelow - Programmers: The beginner vs. the pro by way of Henry Ledgard - The Composer and the pc via Lejaren Hiller - SDI: a contravention accountability by way of David L. Parnas - Who Invented the 1st digital electronic computing device? by way of Nancy Stern - Foretelling the longer term by means of Adaptive Modeling via Ian H. Witten and John G. Cleary - The 5th new release: Banzai or Pie-in-the-Sky? through Eric A. Weiss This quantity includes greater than 30 contributions by way of extraordinary and authoritative authors grouped into the magazine's typical different types: Editorials, Articles, Departments, studies from Correspondents, and lines. A Computer technological know-how Reader may be attention-grabbing and demanding to any computing expert or pupil who desires to learn about the prestige, traits, and controversies in machine technological know-how today.

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Writes real programs for a large class of users (does not assume user knowledge). 2. Lives in the "systems mentality" where dealing with anomalies is a way of life. 2. Worries cases. 3. Considers work reading' (that is, offering one's own work for open criticism) as a nuisance. 3. Writes programs that can read. 4. Keeps trashing out the bugs. 5. Deals later. with about "unusual" anyone 4. Releases programs with no known errors or "strange" features. documentation 5. Writes beautiful documentation first.

25 machine itself was never finished. S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory. It is interesting to note that he did not pursue his computational interests any further at the Laboratory, even though his governmeQt affiliation would have provided an excellent vehicle for doing so. Because Atanasoff's prototype was successfully completed years before the ENIAC, many people regard him as the true inventor ofthe first electronic digital computer. Arthur Burks provides his full assessment of Atanasoff's work in the October 1981 issue of Annals of the History of Computing: All of the parts had been completed, and the machine had been assembled and tested.

And if it works, that's it. The amateur is not particularly concerned about documenting a program. If the program performs reasonably and the output is fairly consistent, no documentation is required, because the program works. Who cares? No one else has to learn the program, no one else has to maintain it. And why would an amateur care about the life cycle of software? The program belongs to the programmer alone. Any ideas about the functional specifications are not relevant. User requirements are not a consideration when writing a program because the programmer is the only user.

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