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Issue No.02 - April-June (2002 vol.24)
pp: 86-93
<p>Philip L. Frana's description of the Halloween Problem demonstrates the role of cautionary tales in the history of computing. Laurie Robertson traces the lineage of the DEC software to the present day. Elaborating on the MESM development, Anne Fitzpatrick and Boris N. Malinovsky take a look at Sergei Alexeevich Lebedev?s early career and work in the Ukraine.</p>
Anne Fitzpatrick, "Anecdotes", IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol.24, no. 2, pp. 86-93, April-June 2002, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2002.1010071
1. F.P. Brooks Jr., The Mythical Man-Month (20th Anniversary Edition).Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley, 1995.
2. Andrew S. Tanenbaum to Linus Benedict Torvalds, as quoted from the post to Usenet group comp.os.minix: "Re: LINUX is obsolete,"30 Jan. 1992, 13:44:34 GMT.
3. E. Raymond, The New Hacker's Dictionary, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.
4. Marvin Minsky, for instance, has argued that his particular expertise, artificial intelligence, is conterminant with computer science as a whole. Founders of various other computer science disciplines have argued likewise. See M. Minsky, "Introduction," Artificial Intelligence Memoranda, AI Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1958-1979, Scientific DataLink, New York, 1982, pp. vi-vii. For primary sources devoted to issues of professionalism in computer science, see J.A. Archibald, Jr., and M. Katzper, "On the Preparation of Computer Science Professionals in Academic Institutions," Proc. 1974 Nat'l Computer Conf. and Exposition, AFIPS Press, Montvale, N.J., 1974, pp. 313-319; G.F. Palmer, "Programming: The Profession That Isn't," Datamation,vol. 21, no. 4, 1975, pp. 171-173; and "The 'Professional' Programmer: Some Industry Opinions,"Data Processing Magazine,vol. 12, Jan. 1970, pp. 18-21.
5. See the brief biographical sketch "Edgar F. Codd," by J.R. Yost in Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer History, vol. 1, R. Rojas, ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago, 2001, pp. 161-162.
6. On the navigational model for database design, see C.W. Bachman, "The Programmer as Navigator," Comm. ACM, vol. 16, no. 11, 1973, pp. 635-658.
7. C.J. Date,An Introduction to Database Systems, 2nd ed., Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass., 1977.
8. C.J. Date, "Thirty Years of Relational: Relational Really is Different," Intelligent Enterprise Magazine, vol. 2, no. 7, 11 May 1999.
9. On the technical history of System R, see D.D. Chamberlin et al., "A History and Evaluation of System R," Comm. ACM, vol. 24, no. 10, 1981, pp. 632-646. On the history of database design, generally see J. Gray, "Evolution of Data Management,"Computer,vol. 29, no. 10, 1996, pp. 38-46, and A. Silberschatz, M. Stonebraker, and J. Ullman, "Database Systems: Achievements and Opportunities,"Comm. ACM, vol. 34, no. 10, 1991, pp. 110-120. For a brief popular gloss on System R, see S. Lohr,Go To,Basic Books, New York, 2001, pp. 161-68.
10. See D.D. Chamberlin, OH 329. Oral history interview by Philip L. Frana, 3 Oct. 2001, San Jose, California. Charles Babbage Inst., Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis,http://www.cbi.umn.eduoh/.
11. NSF Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence Directorate grant #9979981.
12. Selinger became an IBM Fellow in 1994 for her work on cost-based optimizers. Five years later, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She has directed the IBM Database Technology Institute for 13 years.
13. Selinger's comment is transcribed in P. McJones, The 1995 SQL Reunion: People, Projects, and Politics, SRC tech. note 1997-018, Aug. 1997, http://www.mcjones.orgSystem_R/.
14. Quotation from Donald D. Chamberlin, Charles Babbage Institute, OH 329.
15. Quotation from P. McJones, The 1995 SQL Reunion: People, Projects, and Politics, SRC tech. note 1997-018.
16. See Z. Qingqing, "Relational DBMS Implementation: OS vs. DBMS," unpublished essay, Jan. 2002, r_OS.html. Jim Gray and Rick Cattell have described another such update query that has been confused with the Halloween Problem. See J. Gray, The Benchmark Handbook, 2nd ed., Morgan Kaufmann, San Francisco, Calif., 1993, chapter 4.
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