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Programming: From Babbage to Backus

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Brian RandellORCiD



This paper, prepared for the Babbage Bi-Centennial Conference on ""Computing"", at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medecine (London 1-3 July 1991), gives a somewhat personal view of some of the origins and evolution of programming. It discusses Babbage's own contributions to what we now know as ""programming"", set against a background of the technology of his day, and the subsequent steps towards programming as developed for the early stored program electronic computers. Brief comments are also made on the later development of the subject, and on its present state and likely future.

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Author(s): Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1991

Pages: 22

Report Number: 327

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne