Guide to Development and Use of Electronic Computer Programs: Computers and Programming

by Charles L. Miller,
Steven J. Fenves,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1964, Vol. 90, Issue 6, Pg. 7-18

Document Type: Journal Paper


Computers and programming are introduced from the user's point of view. The computer is presented as an information processing device, and the two types of information, namely, the program that directs processing, and the data being processed, are described. The principles of stored information, addresses of information, and computer control are discussed. Programming languages, ranging from absolute to problem-oriented, are briefly described and illustrated. The concept of the composite machine seen by the user, consisting of both the machine (hardware) and processing systems (software) is presented.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Equipment and machinery | Computer languages | Composite materials

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