Software Pioneers

sd&m Conference, Bonn 28./29.6.2001

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Pioneers and Their Contributions to Software Engineering. sd&m Conference on Software Pioneers, June 28/29, 2001. Original Historic Contributions by Manfred Broy, Ernst Denert (eds.), Springer 2001
The book at amazon.comSoftware Pioneers: Contributions to Software Engineering by Manfred Broy, Ernst Denert (eds.), Springer 2002

This book contains 4 DVDs that cover the entire conference!

Some Notes

Alan Kay: A Personal History of User Interface Design

Tom DeMarco: Requirements Engineering Then and Now

To Edsger W. Dijkstra (in memoriam)

At the conference Dijkstra shared some memories on his famous article The goto statement concidered harmful. The following quote is taken from the proceedings [Broy/Denert 2002].

Finally a short story for the record. In 1968, the Communications of the ACM published a text of mine under the title "The goto statement considered harmful", which in later years would be most frequently referenced, regrettably, however, often by authors who had seen no more than its title. This text became a cornerstone of my fame by becoming a template: we would see all sorts of articles under the title "X considered harmful" for almost any X, including one title "Dijkstra considered harmful". But what had happened? I had submitted a paper under the title "A case against the goto statement", which, in order to speed up its publication, the editor had changed into a "Letter to the Editor", and in the process he had given it a new title of his own invention! The editor was Niklaus Wirth.