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Planning the Software Industrial Revolution
November/December 1990 (vol. 7 no. 6)
pp. 25-33

The author traces the US history of invention and technology transfer from the 1700s to the present and asks whether software development can stop being a process-centered cottage industry by the application of interchangeable parts technology. He maintains that a revolution is needed to accomplish this and outlines the steps of such a revolution. The author clarifies the meaning of object oriented, discusses the value rigidity trap, and provides a commercial example of the approach that he advocates.

Index Terms:
software industrial revolution; US history; invention; technology transfer; software development; process-centered cottage industry; interchangeable parts technology; object oriented; value rigidity; object-oriented programming; software engineering; technology transfer
Brad J. Cox, "Planning the Software Industrial Revolution," IEEE Software, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 25-33, Nov.-Dec. 1990, doi:10.1109/52.60587
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