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Programming Aids and Applications: Editor's Note

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129490D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

IEEE Computer Society: OWNER

Abstract

At the time of the 650 announcement, the term coding was being supplanted by the term programming. I am not sure when I first heard the latter. The present term, software, includes what was called programming aids and sometimes automatic coding. l first heard the term software in about 1962 from Ascher Opler, at the time vice- president of Computer Usage Company. Incidentally, l also first heard the term firmware from Opler. The first 650 programming aids are evidenced by the ";Optimum Programming"; portions printed in the Engineering section. IBM Technical Newsletters were published periodically, most written by Kubie and Trimble; they described more programming aids for 650 users. A computation seminar was held at IBM's Endicott plant in August 1955, and the proceedings were published in IBM Technical Newsletter No. 10, parts of which we are printing, with IBM's permission. All of the topics appear to be mathematically or ";software"; based. I am indebted to Bob Bemer for supplying a picture of the attendees; we have identified them as far as possible. Readers are welcome to send us further names.

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Programming Aids and Applications: Editor's Note

Editor's Note
At the time of the 650 announcement, the term coding was being supplanted by the term programming. I am not sure when I first heard the latter. The present term, software, includes what was called programming aids and sometimes automatic coding. l first heard the term software in about 1962 from Ascher Opler, at the time vice- president of Computer Usage Company. Incidentally, l also first heard the term firmware from Opler.

The first 650 programming aids are evidenced by the "Optimum Programming" portions printed in the Engineering section. IBM Technical Newsletters were published periodically, most written by Kubie and Trimble; they described more programming aids for 650 users.

A computation seminar was held at IBM's Endicott plant in August 1955, and the proceedings were published in IBM Technical Newsletter No. 10, parts of which we are printing, with IBM's permission. All of the topics appear to be mathematically or "software" based. I am indebted to Bob Bemer for supplying a picture of the attendees; we have identified them as far as possible. Readers are welcome to send us further names.

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