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The Origins of Computer Programming

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This paper describes some of the early developments which can now be viewed as constituting steps towards the development of program control, and of the modern concept of a stored program. In particular, it discusses early automatic devices, Babbage's contributions set against a background of the technology of his day, the contributions of some of his direct successors, and the genesis of the stored-program idea.

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Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Year: 1994

Volume: 16

Issue: 4

Pages: 6-14

Date deposited: 11/02/2011

ISSN (print): 1058-6180

ISSN (electronic): 1934-1547

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society


DOI: 10.1109/85.329752


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