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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 1 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1979-Jul-01
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Contents Foreword About This Issue.....4 General AFIPS History of Computing Activities.....6 Articles: The BINAC: A Case Study in the History of Computing - Nancy Stern.....9 The History of FORTRAN I, II and III John Backus.....21 Early Work on Computers at Bletchley - I. J. Good.....38 The History of the JOHNNIAC - F. J. Gruenberger.....49

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1979 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 1 Number 1 July 1979 [Foreword, About This Issue]

Contents

Foreword
About This Issue.....4

General AFIPS History of Computing Activities.....6

Articles:

The BINAC: A Case Study in the History of Computing - Nancy Stern.....9
The History of FORTRAN I, II and III John Backus.....21
Early Work on Computers at Bletchley - I. J. Good.....38
The History of the JOHNNIAC - F. J. Gruenberger.....49

Departments:

Meetings in Retrospects: Washington Computer Reminiscences; HOPL: History of Programming Languages Conference.....65

Anecdotes:

FORTRAN Comes to Westinghouse -- Bettis, 1975.....72

Reviews.....75

News and Notices.....77

Comments, Queries and Debate.....78

Contributions to Annals of the History of Computing.....79

Foreword

The Annals of the History of Computing is the first periodical to be published by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies. It seems appropriate that this first AFIPS journal concentrate on the history of the computing field -- covering scholarly papers and anecdotal notes, rigorously researched material and controversial remembrances, articles on the pioneers in the field and on the milieu of the time.

In a field changing so dynamically as ours, when yesterday's innovation at times becomes obsolete by today, there is a tendency to downgrade the importance of historical examination -- the emphasis is more on the future than on the past. Yet such critical examination, accompanied by even more critical debate and commentary, can help reveal the brilliant from the blunder, the creative from the mundane, and the true breakthrough from the shallow triumph of the day. In this manner we gain the insight to better distinguish between the wheat and the chaff of today -- to learn from past accomplishments and from past mistakes how to better shape the future direction of this field.

IEEE Computer Society, Jul 01, 1979 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 1 Number 1, Pages 1-5

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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 1 Number 1 -- Front Matter

We hope to make the Annals a living history, useful to the novice first entering the field as well as to the old-timer who was there when it all happened. We hope to publish historical material submitted by the academician as well as by the practitioner, each writing about some activities in great depth and others in great breadth. We plan to place proper emphasis on vigorous debate, anecdotes, oral history, and informal commentary along with the more lengthy formal papers. Indeed, we are fortunate that the very pioneers who helped shape the computing field will also help contribute articles to the Annals, as in the first issue, and will join in the ensuing critique of other articles to better place early developments in p...