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From airline reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog : a history of the software industry

Author: Martin Campbell-Kelly
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
Series: History of computing.
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"From its first glimmerings in the 1950s, the software industry has evolved to become the fourth largest industrial sector of the U.S. economy. Starting with a handful of software contractors who produced specialized programs for the few existing machines, the industry grew to include producers of corporate software packages and then makers of mass-market products and recreational software. This book tells the story  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Campbell-Kelly
ISBN: 0262033038 9780262033039
OCLC Number: 50028420
Awards: Winner of American Association for History and Computing Book Award 2003.
Description: xiv, 372 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The software industry --
Origins of the software contractor, the 1950s --
Programming services, the 1960s --
Origins of the software products industry, 1965-1970 --
The shaping of the software products industry, the 1970s --
The maturing of the corporate software products industry, 1980-1995 --
Early development of the personal computer software industry, 1975-1983 --
Not only Microsoft: the maturing of the personal computer software industry, 1983-1995 --
Home and recreational software --
Reflections on the success of the US software industry.
Series Title: History of computing.
Responsibility: Martin Campbell-Kelly.
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A business history of the software industry from the days of custom programming to the age of mass-market software and video games.  Read more...

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"...a crucial document for anyone interested in understanding the history of software from a business perspective." Case firstmonday.org "A timely reminder of earlier booms and busts..." Barry Fox Read more...

 
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