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Historical dictionary of data processing /
James W. Cortada.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
description
3 v. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0313256527 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
isbn
0313256527 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
contents note
[v.1] Organizations -- [v.2] Technology -- [v.3] Biographies.
general note
Includes bibliographies and index.
Volume numbering assigned by this library.
catalogue key
3491128
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-02:
Although Cortada's three volumes are interrelated and are meant to be used together, LC has regrettably classed them separately. Taken together, the volumes offer access to more than 400 entries on all aspects of data processing. They chronicle the history of those individuals and organizations that have contributed to the evolution of data processing over the past two decades, and jointly form a reference work that has no present parallel in the applied sciences. The introduction is a thorough history of the computer age. Technology provides background on general computer concepts, including other electronic components, early calculating machines, software, and special applications. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and the text includes charts and tables that document changes in the industry, new developments, products, and applications. Appendixes and an index make access easy. Organizations contains entries for 81 companies and professional organizations, providing significant and interesting stories about how they became major league players in a young industry. US firms are in the majority; future editions may show a shift toward greater international participation in the industry. Companies that have merged with others to push the industry in new directions are included. Cortada offers insights into how data processing and automation have become important concerns in daily and corporate life. Biographies contains entries for people who made significant contributions to the industry from its infancy to the present. This is the first biographical collection to include both scientists and industrialists important to the development of computing. Although most of those included have been active in the 20th century, there are entries for important earlier contributors (e.g., John Napier, 1550-1617 and Blaise Pascal, 1623-1666). Among those listed are scientists, industrialists, developers, government officials, and business people, all inventors in their own way. A baby boomer can claim to have seen the computer industry virtually in its entirety-the development and evolution of components and products, the shifts in labor markets, developments in trade, marketing, and specifications. Cortada has pulled together a large amount of information to provide a concise history of data processing. References are contained in endnotes to articles rather than in general bibliographies; indexing is well done, and cross-references are relevant and useful. An important set, enlightening and a pleasure to read, that belongs in all libraries that collect on any aspect of data processing.-J. Gelfand, University of California, Irvine and T. Koppel, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries
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'œAlthough Cortada's three volumes are interrelated and are meant to be used together, LC has regretably classed them separately. Taken together, the volumes offer access to more than 400 entries on all aspects of data processing. They chronicle the history of those individuals and organizations that have contributed to the evolution of data processing over the past two decades, and jointly form a reference work that has no present parallel in the applied sciences. The introduction is a thorough history of the computer age. Technology provides background on general computer concepts, including other electronic components, early calculating machines, software, and special applications. Entries are arranged alphabetically, and the text includes charts and tables that document changes in the industry, new developments, products, and applications. Appendixes and an index make access easy. . . . Cortada has pulled together a large amount of information to provide a concise history of data processing. References are contained in endnotes to articles rather than in general bibliographies; indexing is well done, and cross-references are relevant and useful. An important set, enlightening and a pleasure to read, that belongs in all libraries that collect on any aspect of data processing.'' Choice
'œ[A] tour-de-force appearing as a three-volume work....[T]hese volumes are especially useful for tracing computer development....This is an excellent "first reference" source.'' Communication Booknotes Quarterly
'œIncludes over 150 entries covering major developments in the history of data processing technology: programming languages, software, hardware and peripheral equipment, critical concepts, applications, and projects. Although this reference isn't encyclopedic, the alphabetically arranged entries themselves are clearly detailed. Bibliographic material is included for each entry, and the entries are cross-referenced. Extensively indexes. A useful reference to any DP library.'' Computer Book Review
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"Taken together, these volumes offer access to more than 400 entries on all aspects of data processing. They chronicle the history of those individuals and organizations that have contributed to the evolution of data processing over the past two decades, and jointly form a reference work that has no present parallel in the applied sciences." Choice
Table of Contents
Preface
Technology
Appendix: Chronology
Index
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