[SIGCIS-Members] New book: Code Nation: Personal Computing and the Learn to Program Movement in America

Thomas Misa tmisa at umn.edu
Sun May 31 09:11:35 PDT 2020


Pleased to announce Michael Halvorson, Code Nation: Personal Computing and the Learn to Program Movement in America (ACM Books 2020).  Available in hard/paper at Amazon.com <http://amazon.com/>, BN.com <http://bn.com/>, Bookshop.org <http://bookshop.org/> and (through end of June) available for **gratis download** at https://doi.org/10.1145/3368274 <https://doi.org/10.1145/3368274> either PDF or EPUB.

Halvorson covers some familiar terrain in the rise of personal-computing programming in the 1960-70s — lots on BASIC, counterculture, software engineering — but also entirely new material on FORTRAN, Logo, MS Visual Basic, MS-DOS, MS Windows, Mac applications, “C” — commercial and application program development.  Michael worked at Microsoft Press for years, and attends to the many varied publications from personal computing.  Background for learn-to-program movement today!

Check out the many color illustrations: pretty much a first for the history titles from ACM Books.

In months to come, look for these ACM Books history titles going into production — Dick van Lente on Prophets of Computing: Visions of Society Transformed by Computing. . . Kim Tracy on software history . . . Jim Pelkey and Andy Russell on early networking industry . . . .

Best regards, Tom Misa (ACM Books http://books.acm.org/board#tab17 <https://t.co/sZWSEcgMkP?amp=1>)
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