Algol Culture and Programming Styles

October–December 2014

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This special issue situates the story of Algol in the larger historiography of software and provide a unique contribution to the history of this important early programming language. The articles in this special issue on Algol are the product of a research project highlighting the role of IT in the development of Europe called Software for Europe (SOFT-EU), which was part of a larger European Science Foundation's Eurocores program called Inventing Europe. Read full article (login required) »

About IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing covers the breadth of computer history through scholarly articles by leading computer scientists and historians, as well as firsthand accounts by computing pioneers. Annals is the authoritative archival journal for the history of computing.

Articles from IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Algol Culture and Programming Styles

Algol Culture and Programming Styles

This special issue focuses on the history of Algol, and guest editor Gerard Alberts provides context in the wider development of technology in Europe at that time. Read full article »

COMIC: An Analog Computer in the Colorant Industry

COMIC: An Analog Computer in the Colorant Industry

In 1958, the COMIC (Colorant Mixture Computer) was among the first color-matching computers in the colorant industry. Learn about this development and where the technology went next. Read full article »


Seeking Editor in Chief for IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

The IEEE Computer Society seeks applicants for the position of editor in chief, serving a two-year term starting 1 January 2015. Prospective candidates are asked to provide (as PDF files), by 31 August 2014, a complete curriculum vitae, a brief plan for the publication's future, and a letter of support from their institution or employer. Applicants will be notified of the search results shortly after the November 2014 CS Board of Governors meeting. More information

Special Features

Interview with Jonathan Koomey
In today's era of battery-powered mobile devices, computing is being driven as much by energy efficiency as by performance. Research by Stanford University associate professor Jonathan Koomey discovered that since the 1940s, computers' energy efficiency has doubled about every year and a half. The Inside Story interviewed Koomey to learn more about his research and his predictions for the future. Hear interview and read full article »

The History of the History of Software
In this article, Martin Campbell-Kelly describes how writing software history has evolved over the last 40 years. The article has stirred up strong feelings among writers and readers of computing history. Read full article »

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