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From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog : A History of the Software Industry - Martin Campbell-Kelly

From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog

A History of the Software Industry

Paperback Published: 27th February 2004
ISBN: 9780262532624
Number Of Pages: 388
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 US 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 of each of these types of firm, focusing on the products they developed, the business models they followed, and the markets they served.By describing the breadth of this industry, Martin Campbell-Kelly corrects the popular misconception that one firm is at the center of the software universe. He also tells the story of lucrative software products such as IBM's CICS and SAP's R/3, which, though little known to the general public, lie at the heart of today's information infrastructure.With its wealth of industry data and its thoughtful judgments, this book will become a starting point for all future investigations of this fundamental component of computer history.

Industry Reviews

"History may provide no sure guide to the future, but it does offer context and insight for the present. And, given the proper twist, history glimmers with a certain knowing humor. In his incisive, panoramic book, From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog, Martin Campbell-Kelly delivers all three - context, insight, even occasional humor." - Steve Lohr, The New York Times; "Compelling reading.... From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog should command a wide audience: participants in the industry, both programmers and managers, students of economics and business, and the interested general public." - Danny Yee, Slashdot; "A well-rounded look at the software industry from a business perspective." - Library Journal; "A good read." - New Scientist"

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Software Industryp. 1
Origins of the Software Contractor, the 1950sp. 29
Programming Services, the 1960sp. 57
Origins of the Software Products Industry, 1965-1970p. 89
The Shaping of the Software Products Industry, the 1970sp. 121
The Maturing of the Corporate Software Products Industry, 1980-1995p. 165
Early Development of the Personal Computer Software Industry, 1975-1983p. 201
Not Only Microsoft: The Maturing of the Personal Computer Software Industry, 1983-1995p. 231
Home and Recreational Softwarep. 269
Reflections on the Success of the US Software Industryp. 303
Notesp. 313
Sources of Chapter Frontispiecesp. 347
Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780262532624
ISBN-10: 026253262X
Series: History of Computing
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 27th February 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.52