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Simula: Mother Tongue for a Generation of Nordic Programmers
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI (closed 20111231).
2010 (English)In: History of Nordic Computing 3 / [ed] John Impagliazzo, Per Lundin, Benkt Wangler, Berlin, London: Springer, 2010, 416-424 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

With Simula 67 Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard invented object-oriented programming. This has had an enormous impact on program development tools and methods in the whole world, well accounted for in conferences and books on Programming Languages and on Object-Oriented Programming and on Software Pioneers. Early influenced were computer scientists in the Nordic countries who from about 1970 had Simula as the main programming tool, “mother tongue”. In this paper I give first hand account of experience of a uniquely early introduction of object-oriented programming for higher education in computer science and in computer programming, which gave us these powerful program development tools long before other educations, especially as it coincided with introduction of powerful interactive systems. I also want to challenge the misconception that Simula is primarily a tool for simulation, by illustrating how it was used to teach general computer science and programming concepts, with more general purpose constructs than most contemporary languages, except maybe Lisp.

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Berlin, London: Springer, 2010. 416-424 p.
, IFIP advances in information and communication technology, ISSN 1868-4238 ; 350
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Simula, Object-Oriented Programming, Nordic Programmers, Computer Science Education
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Computer Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59047DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-23315-9_47ISI: 000309430900047ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84950987503OAI: diva2:477216
Third IFIP WG 9.7 Conference, HiNC3, Stockholm, Sweden, October 18-20, 2010

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Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2016-03-14Bibliographically approved

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