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"Wat For Ever:" Student-Oriented Computing at the University of Waterloo
Jan.-March 2013 (vol. 35 no. 1)
pp. 11-22
Scott Campbell, University of Waterloo
In 1965, four undergraduates at the University of Waterloo wrote Watfor, a fast student-oriented Fortran compiler for the school's IBM 7040, largely because the available Fortran compiler was slow and offered weak diagnostic and debugging tools. This article describes the birth and evolution of the Watfor family and explores how it fits into the University of Waterloo's unique-within-Canada cooperative education program and pedagogical philosophy.
Index Terms:
Computer science education,Education courses,Program processors,Computer languages,Watfor,history of computing,computer science,Canadian computing,Fortran,computer science education
Citation:
Scott Campbell, ""Wat For Ever:" Student-Oriented Computing at the University of Waterloo," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 11-22, Jan.-March 2013, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2012.1
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