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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 6 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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Original Publication Date: 1984-Jan-01
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Abstract

This special issue is dedicated to FORTRAN, a milestone in the annals of information processing, and the 1982 Pioneer Day celebrating the 25th anniversary of the language. FORTRAN, like this special issue, was the product both of a group of dedicated individuals and of a working environment that gave them the commitment, support, and encouragement needed to accomplish their objective. In the five years in which the Annals has been in publication, we have never before been able to report on an event that was spawned, researched, and realized completely within the AFIPS family of activities. In the ten years in which Pioneer Day has been a feature of the National Computer Conference, this is the first time we have been able to report the details of that day and the intricacies of preparation that preceded the day in such detail as in the case of the 25th anniversary of FORTRAN. This issue is due in part to the farsightedness of the AFIPS History of Computing Committee, then chaired by Harvey L. Garner, which perceived the concept of the celebration far enough in advance to enable the necessary research to be undertaken. While it is true that the organizers had the experience gained from participating in the highly successful 1978 History of Programming Languages Conference and the subsequent publication of its proceedings, the lead time available gave them the capability to ferret out much more of the history of FORTRAN than would normally have been possible. This special issue of the Annals concentrates on the activities of the 1982 NCC Pioneer Day, held in Houston on June 9, on the background against which the celebration was set, and on how its activities were planned.

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Copyright ©; 1984 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Annals of the History of Computing Volume 6 Number 1 January 1984 [Front Matter]

SPECIAL ISSUE: FORTRAN's Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

Contents About this Issue - J. A. N. Lee and Henry S. Tropp, Editors.....3 Contributors Pioneer
Day, 1982 - J. A. N. Lee.....4 Early Days of FORTRAN - John Backus, Chair.....15 Early
Computers and Computing Institutions - John C. McPherson Computing Prior to FORTRAN - Robert W. Bemer Register Allocation in FORTRAN I - Richard Goldberg Compiler Techniques Available in 1954 - Roy Nutt A Technical Review of the Early FORTRAN Compilers - Frances E. Allen Afterword - John Backus Institutionalization of FORTRAN - Jeanne Adams, Chair.....28
Early FORTRAN User Experience - Herbert S. Bright Early FORTRAN at Livermore - Robert A. Hughes The Emergence of FORTRAN IV from FORTRAN II - William P. Heising The Impact of FORTRAN Standardization - Martin N. Greenfield The Early History of FORTRAN Publications - Daniel D. McCracken The Emergence of Load-and-Go Systems for FORTRAN - Charles Davidson A Dynamic Storage Allocation Language DYSTAL - James M. Sakoda The Successors to FORTRAN -- Why Does FORTRAN Survive? - Bruce Rosenblatt IBM FORTRAN Exhibit and Film - Daniel N. Leeson An Annotated Bibliography of FORTRAN - Compiled by J.
A. N. Lee FORTRAN Anecdotes - Edited by Henry S. Tropp

Departments Meetings in Retrospect.....65 FORTRAN Celebration at IBM Santa Teresa
Laboratory FORTRAN Activities at SHARE 59 Meeting - Elliot C. Nohr

Self-Study Questions.....69

News and Notices.....70

Reviews.....74 FORTRAN Papers from NCC '82 Proceedings K. W. Smillie Capsule Reviews

Instructions for Authors.....81

Suggestions for Authors.....82

Index to Volume 5..... [Material omitted]

About this Issue

This special issue is dedicated to FORTRAN, a milestone in the annals of information processing, and the 1982 Pioneer Day celebrating the 25th anniversary of the language. FORTRAN, like this special issue, was the product both of a group of dedicated individuals and of a working environment that gave them the commitment, support, and encouragement needed to accomplish their objective.

In the five years in which the Annals has been in publication, we have never before been able to report on an event that was spawned, researched, and realized completely within the AFIPS family of activities. In the ten years in which Pioneer Day has been a feature of the National Computer Conference, this is the first time we have been able to report the details of that day and the intricacies of preparation that preceded the day in such detail as in the case of the 25th

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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 6 Number 1 -- Front Matter

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