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Software Engineering in 1968

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD



The paper attempst to portray the1968 software scheme, by recalling the principle technical issues and concerns of the time. These are discussed under the headings Software as a Commodity, Programming Languages, Mulitprogramming and Time-Sharing, Modularity and Structuring, and the Problems of Large Systems. The paper ends with an account of the major debates at the first conference ever held on the subject of "software engineering", the NATO conference that took place in Garmisch in October, 1968.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1979

Pages: 36

Report Number: 138

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne