A to Z Computer Scientists (Notable Scientists) by Harry Henderson

By Harry Henderson

This complete A-to-Z biographical dictionary explores the varied team of inventors, scientists, marketers, and visionaries within the desktop technology box. The state-of-the-art, modern entries and data at the computing device supply a glimpse into not just their force but in addition their demanding situations in making a new type of enterprise and a brand new form of tradition.

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He also helped implement APL, a compact, powerful computer language favored by many scientists and engineers. During this time, Bricklin developed a close working relationship with another graduate student, Bob Frankston, and the two decided that someday they would start a business together. S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1973, Bricklin went to work for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), a leading maker of minicomputers. There he helped design video terminals and computerized typesetting systems.

Photo by Louis Fabian Bachrach) began to imagine a sort of electronic blackboard that, when a formula was writter on it, would automatically apply it to all the numbers and calculate the results. ” Bricklin found that his fellow students and his professors were enthusiastic about the idea of making a “word processor” for numbers. He sketched out his ideas for the program, then wrote a simple version in BASIC on an Apple II microcomputer. It was very slow because BASIC had to translate each instruction into the actual machine language used by the microcomputer.

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