Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

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Presentation

Programming in the 1960s: A Personal History

  • April 2015
  • By Len Bass (no affiliation)
  • This talk is for those who want to visit the computer museum but haven't yet had the time. Len Bass describes what life was like for programmers in the 1960s.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    This talk is for those who would like to visit the computer museum but haven't yet had the time. I was hired as a programmer in 1964, and I’ll tell some stories about what life was like then for programmers. If you attend, you will learn

    • why it wasn't my fault
    • why the difference in size between an IBM 360/67 and a CDC 6600 mattered  
    • what the IBM repairman did to warrant being treated as a terrorist  
    • why hairstyles were much shorter in the '70s than in the '60s
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SATURN 2015 Presentations