The airy tape: an early chapter in the history of debugging
Campbell-Kelly, Martin. (1992) The airy tape: an early chapter in the history of debugging. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Volume 14 (Number 4). pp. 16-26. ISSN 1058-6180Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/85.194051
This article describes the discovery of a paper-tape "relic" consisting of an undebugged program written for the EDSAC computer in 1949. It is believed that this program is the first real, nontrivial application ever written for a stored-program computer. An examination of the program sheds new light on the extent to which the debugging problem was unanticipated by early computer programmers, and the motivation for the development at Cambridge of systematic programming practices and debugging aids. The impact of these early developments on programming elsewhere is discussed.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Computer Science|
|Journal or Publication Title:||IEEE Annals of the History of Computing|
|Number of Pages:||11|
|Page Range:||pp. 16-26|
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