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January 16, 2006

Thoughts on Software Design Automation from 32 Years Ago

The January 2006 issue of IEEE Computer magazine has the following quote from the same magazine in January 1974:

Because of the expense it is not practical to develop design-specific D[esign] A[utomation] systems. Designers of DA systems are thus confronted with the task of building 'large, generalized, flexible' (software) systems with very little design assistance from the computer. If only we had systems which apply the computer and computer techniques to automate (or at least facilitate) the design of software: software design automation! Unfortunately, while the theory underlying the application of comptuers in the design of computing hardware has developed thoroughly, keeping pace (or nearly so) with the developing technology, the implementation of this theory remains a difficult, mostly manual exercise in the design of programs and programming systems.

Posted by Robert at January 16, 2006 9:21 AM
category: Artificial Invention


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