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Issue No.04 - Oct.-Dec. (2012 vol.34)
pp: 2-3
Lars Heide , Copenhagen Business School
In the history of computing's early years, scholarship on the history of software lagged behind that of the history of computer hardware. This happened even though descriptions of how to program—or adjust, in that time's parlance—computing devices was essential even before the first computers. This Annals special issue is the fifth in a series of issues dedicated to the history of software. For the first four issues—"The Start of the Software Products Industry" (vol. 24, no. 1, 2002), "PC Software: Word Processing for Everyone" (vol. 28, no. 4, 2006), "PC Software: Spreadsheets for Everyone" (vol. 29, no. 3, 2007), and "Mainframe Software: Database Management Systems" (vol. 31, no. 4, 2009)—Burton Grad and Luanne Johnson served as guest editors. This special issue on "Relational Database Management Systems: The Formative Years" is the first in a two-part focus on RDBMSs.
Charles Babbage Institute, history of computing, history of software, relational database management systems, Burton Grad, Luanne Johnson, Software Industry Special Interest Group, Computer History Museum
Lars Heide, "From the Editor's Desk", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.34, no. 4, pp. 2-3, Oct.-Dec. 2012, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2012.63
1. R.L. Wexelblat ed., History of Programming Languages, Academic Press, 1981; T.J. Bergin, and R.G. Gibson eds., History of Programming Languages, Addison Wesley, 1996.
2. Find more on the "Building a Future for Software History" project at .
3. M. Campbell-Kelly, From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog. A History of the Software Industry, MIT Press, 2004.
4. Visit http:/ for more details.
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