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[Note: This document has been modified from the original by the Saylor Foundation] Introduction to Software History by Cornelis Robat, Editor

First Steps This part will be different from the History of the computer, no chronological travel through software-land, but a collection of articles and assays on software. Software has a long history and as far as the facts are known to us we will give them to you. When missing stories, data, or other information are shared to us they will be put on this site. If you have any comments of suggestions regarding this page or any other page please do not hesitate to contact us. A simple question: "What is software?" A very simple answer is: Hardware you can touch, software you can't. But that is too simple indeed.

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But when talking about software you talk about programming and programming languages. But about producing and selling the products made by programming (languages) as well. There are over 300 different ("common") computer languages in existence, apart from the various dialects stemming from one of them. Most of them can be classified in definable groups, but others don’t belong to anything. Some because they are rather new or the use of them was or is never wide spread and only used by a small specialized professionals or groups of scientists requiring these dialects. This is often the case with a specific language that was designed for just one purpose, e.g. telecommunication or supercomputing. Some languages are even dead languages, some others are revived and expanded upon again, and there are ones that constantly rejuvenate. In the latter case a programmer is sometimes wondering…...

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