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August 4, 2010

Dijkstra interview

From CBI Director Tom Misa:

CBI's interview with programming pioneer Edsger Dijkstra is published in the August issue of the Communications of the ACM. The colorful interview is the last one Dijkstra gave before his death in 2002. He gives an insider's view on becoming a programmer, the invention of his "shortest path" algorithm, delightful gossipy stories about Peter Naur, Tony Hoare, Gerritt Blaauw, Alan Perlis, and others as well as differences between Dutch and American computing culture.

The interview, one of the top-downloaded articles in CACM, is available at:
http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2010/8/96632-an-interview-with-edsger-w-dijkstra/fulltext

August 3, 2010

Andersen Research Scholars Program

For researchers who would like to make a trip to CBI, please see this announcement for our new Elmer L. Andersen Research Scholars Program. Awards will be made for travel to use any of the collections in the department of Archives and Special Collections, including CBI. Please let me know if you have any questions.

August 2, 2010

PLATO@50

Thanks to Tom Misa for this link to a story about the PLATO@50 conference at the Computer History Museum. PLATO was an educational computer system created by Don Bitzer at the University of Illinois and commercialized by the Control Data Corporation.

We have two PLATO collections at CBI: one from its time at the University of Illinois and one from the Control Data Corporation Records.