A Brief History of Computing

A Brief History of Computing

Gerard O Regan

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 1447123581

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This lively and fascinating text traces the key developments in computation – from 3000 B.C. to the present day – in an easy-to-follow and concise manner. Topics and features: ideal for self-study, offering many pedagogical features such as chapter-opening key topics, chapter introductions and summaries, exercises, and a glossary; presents detailed information on major figures in computing, such as Boole, Babbage, Shannon, Turing, Zuse and Von Neumann; reviews the history of software engineering and of programming languages, including syntax and semantics; discusses the progress of artificial intelligence, with extension to such key disciplines as philosophy, psychology, linguistics, neural networks and cybernetics; examines the impact on society of the introduction of the personal computer, the World Wide Web, and the development of mobile phone technology; follows the evolution of a number of major technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft and Apple.













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Performing independent audits There has been a growth of popularity among software developers in light-weight methodologies such as XP [Bec:00]. These methodologies view documentation with distaste, and often software development commences prior to the full specification of the requirements. Classical engineering places emphasis on detailed planning and design and includes appropriate documentation. The design documents are analyzed and reviewed and used as a reference during the construction.

work. For example, bridge designers will develop a mathematical model of a bridge prior to its construction. The model is a simplification of the reality, and an exploration of the model enables a deeper understanding of the proposed bridge to be gained. Engineers will model the various stresses on the bridge to ensure that the bridge design can deal with the projected traffic flow. The ability to use mathematics to solve practical problems is part of the engineer’s education, and is part of the

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the system are stated in mathematical notation. The difference between the axiomatic specification and a model-based approach is illustrated by the example of a stack. The stack includes operators for pushing an element onto the stack and popping an element from the stack. The properties of pop and push are explicitly defined in the axiomatic approach. The model-oriented 4.5 Formal Methods 127 approach constructs an explicit model of the stack and the operations are defined in terms of the

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