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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129545D
Original Publication Date: 1988-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 4 page(s) / 21K

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Software Patent Institute

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JEAN E. SAMMET: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers. Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1988 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Self-Study Questions

JEAN E. SAMMET,

EDITOR

This department attempts to help people think about the history of computing in new ways, through the mechanism of questions, with answers on a separate page -- thus permitting the reader to do self- testing. The answers list source material for further self-study on topics relating to the questions. Occasionally some questions will be used that have either no answers or controversial answers. Readers are urged to send suggested questions (and answers with cited material) to the department editor.

1. In today's environment, data base management systems are extremely important and use three major approaches to represent data. What are the names assigned to these approaches? Who (person/organization) were the original developer(s) and when did the initial work on each of these data models occur? What is the major characteristic of each data model relative to the data representation? What major technical awards were given for work in this area?

2. Because of the relative youth of the computing field, there are few movies or plays dealing with persons or events in the field. Which important historical figure has an entire play based on his life and work? What book was used as the source for the play?

3. Although there are many publications written for the general public about the computer field, very few have received significant recognition as literature. There is a major exception. Who received a Pulitzer Prize for a book regarding the computer field? What was the title and subject of the book, and when was the prize awarded?

4. In these days, when virtually every high school and many elementary schools have computers, it is hard to remember that there had to be a "first" high school dealing with computers. Which high school, where, and when was allegedly the first to teach computer science courses? What other significant results did this high school achieve?

5. The use of interactive systems, and the fact that complex software may be developed by more than one organization, are common circumstances today but were more unusual in the past. What major time-sharing system was developed jointly by three organizations? When was this done, and on what computer? What were the organizations? Is the system still in use? What somewhat unusual (for that time period) technique was used to program the system? What prior system provided experience for one of the organizational participants? What impact did this system have on IBM?

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Answers to Self-Study Questions, page 73

JEAN E. SAMMET, EDITOR

IEEE Computer Society, Dec 31, 1988 Page 1 IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 10 Number 1, Pages 73-99

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Self-Study Questions

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