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> Even before ENIAC was finished, engineers realized that there was a much better centralized way to control such a complex machine, using coded instructions stored in memory and "executed" in sequence.

> For a discussion of how it was different from earlier ideas, see Tom Haigh’s recent article "Where Code Comes From".

This article links to "Where Code Comes From" at CACM, but beyond an excerpt it is members-only. Here's the full article on the author's web site (PDF):


Wow, that looks great. I highly recommend that you submit it as an article in its own right, perhaps tomorrow, so as not to be too close to this thread.

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