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authors Winograd, Terry
year 1979
title Beyond Programming Languages
source Communications of the ACM. July 1979. Vol. 22: pp. 391-401. includes bibliography
summary As computer technology matures, our growing ability to create large systems is leading to basic changes in the nature of programming. Current programming language concepts will not be adequate for building and maintaining systems of the complexity called for by the tasks we attempt. Just as high level languages enabled the programmer to escape from the intricacies of a machine's order code, higher level programming systems can provide the means to understand and manipulate complex systems and components. In order to develop such systems, attention needs to be shifted away from the detailed specification of algorithms, towards the description of the properties of the package and objects with which we build. This paper analyzes some of the shortcomings of programming languages as they now exist, and lays out some possible directions for future research
keywords programming, languages, systems,
series CADline
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