Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes

As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.More Maurice Wilkes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Much of the early engineering development of digital computers was done in universities. A few years ago, the view was commonly expressed that universities had played their part in computer design, and that the matter could now safely be left to industry. [...] Apart from the obvious functions of keeping in the public domain material that might otherwise be hidden, universities can make a special contribution by reason of their freedom from commercial considerations, including freedom from the need to follow the fashioMore Maurice Wilkes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.More Maurice Wilkes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Professor Wilkes is best known as the builder and designer of the EDSAC, the first computer with an internally stored program. Built in 1949, the EDSAC used a mercury delay line memory. He is also known as the author, with Wheeler and Gill, of a volume on "Preparation of Programs for Electronic Digital Computers" in 1951, in which program libraries were effectively introduced.More Maurice Wilkes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A source of strength in the early days was that groups in various parts of the world were prepared to construct experimental computers without necessarily intending them to be the prototype for serial production. As a result, there became available a body of knowledge about what would work and what would not work.More Maurice Wilkes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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