ADVANCED PROGRAMMING DEVELOPMENTS: A SURVEY
ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS DIV HANSCOM AFB MA
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The document constitutes a representative survey of twenty computer software systems which have been developed within the last decade. The surveyed systems are grouped into six major categories 1 general purpose programming and executive systems 2 functional systems 3 man-machine interface systems 4 special purpose programming systems 5 time-sharing systems 6 generalized data management systems. Each system discussed within these categories exhibits a particular feature or set of features which constitutes a distinct contribution to the effort to produce more general, more flexible and less job dependent systems which can be conveniently operated by a user. The survey notes that to date efforts to develop these features into integrated computer systems and sub-systems exist only on a small scale and in only a small number of laboratories scattered across the country. In view of the many potential applications of such integrated, generalized computer systems, especially in military environments, the survey concludes that the time is ripe for a technical program designed to demonstrate the feasibility of generalized computer systems and sub-systems in the solving of traditional data processing problems.
- Computer Programming and Software