When Fernando Corbató accepted the Turning Award for, among other things, inventing the computer password, he described my new favorite bug.
Algol 68 is the Cronus of programming languages. Cronus is the titan who fathered Zeus, an important character in the myth, but vastly overshadowed by his own progeny. Algol 68 was an important language, and had a fascinating history. This post is a combination history, lesson, and filled with quotes from people who were there.
Timothy Lister and Tom DeMarco didn’t include a bibliography in Peopleware, so I swept through the book and produced one for curious readers.
I just finished reading that old software classic, Peopleware. The first chapter is “Somewhere Today, a Project Is Failing,” and hooked me immediately.
NEDD is a one day conference in Cambridge. It’s an inexpensive way to learn about the cutting edge of database research. These are my notes on each speaker.