dimanche 30 novembre 2008

The year was 1956

"The year was 1956 [...] In my experience, all emerging industries begin in a similar manner: work precedess organized curricula. On-the-job learning precedes in-school learning. Such are the working conditions that lead to moments of exhilaration, frustation, and disappointment.

[...] I was early impressed by the notion that we were performing tasks not done by prior generations of workers.
In a day when programmers were simpley not unemployed and available in the labor market, we experienced more than a 100 percent turnover in programming personnel in a six-month period. Some working conditions were simply not tolerable among crucial workers who could find a nex job during their coffee breaks."

[...]So the local community college filled a role it had not imagined - that of postgraduate computer classes for employees. I later found that pattern repeated at other community colleges long before the universities were able to fill that void for their undergraduates.
Using machines described variously as 2K and 4K, then 8K and 16 K, those early software workers actually accomplished economically useful work." Ben G. Matley in R. Glass ouv. cité

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