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IEEE Annals of the History of Computing Volume 14 Number 3 -- Happenings

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129755D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 4 page(s) / 21K

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Software Patent Institute

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JUDY O'NEILL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The Happenings department reports on past, present, and future events that are of interest to the history of computing. These events include conferences, appropriate sessions from meetings, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, collections, general memorabilia, and important dates in the history of computing. Contributions to the department are encouraged and should consist of a description or report of the event, highlighting its specific relevance.

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THIS DOCUMENT IS AN APPROXIMATE REPRESENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL.

Copyright ©; 1992 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Happenings

JUDY O'NEILL, EDITOR

The Happenings department reports on past, present, and future events that are of interest to the history of computing. These events include conferences, appropriate sessions from meetings, exhibits, projects, awards, publications, collections, general memorabilia, and important dates in the history of computing. Contributions to the department are encouraged and should consist of a description or report of the event, highlighting its specific relevance.

List of Artifact Collectors

A number of collectors of computer artifacts have contacted the Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) and expressed a desire to exchange information with other collectors. In response to this need, CBI will undertake to complete a list of private collectors to be made available to interested persons. If you wish to be included in such a list, please send your name, address, and telephone number to the CBI archivist. It would also be helpful to include a one-sentence description of your collecting objectives. If enough individuals respond, CBI will maintain the list and distribute it upon request. Information or inquiries should be directed to the archivist. Charles Babbage Institute, 103 Walter Library, 117 Pleasant Street, S.E.. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.

The Second ACM SIGPLAN History of Programming Languages Conference (HOPL-II)

On April 20-23.1993. the second ACM SIGPLAN History of Programming Languages Conference (HOPL-II) will be held in Cambridge, Mass. In 1978, the first History of Programming Languages Conference presented the development and evolution of 13 languages, HOPL-II the people who participated in that work, and the context in which it was undertaken. Much has happened since the first HOPL conference, and HOPI-II will address the history of those significant developments. In addition to histories of specific languages, HOPI-II also expects papers on histories of language features and concepts, and histories of classes of languages related by language paradigm or application area.

Taking a historical view can be surprising and illuminating. From the present, it seems easy to look back at the development of a computer programming language; to criticize. compliment, contemplate, and categorize; to decide what is great and what is small. Yet it is also easy to misconstrue and misunderstand. The development of a programming language takes place in a context of goals, constraints, and assumptions. People, including the language developers themselves. are often unaware of this historical context.

Developers of five important languages have accepted invitations to tell their stories at HOPI-II Bill Whitaker on Ada. Dennis Ritchie on C, Niklaus Wirth on Pascal, Alain Colmerauer on Prolog, and Alan Kay on Smalltalk. In addi...