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The major tasks of data processing


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Holmes, WN 1977 , 'The major tasks of data processing' , The Australian Computer Journal, vol. 9, no. 1 , pp. 32-38 .

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This paper reviews the historical development of data processing, discerning three approximate decades of distinct evolutionary cycles. Each cycle is seen as forking, two contrasting styles of data processing forming and separating during the cycle. On this basis, a classification of the major general areas of data processing is suggested. For each decade, characteristic aspects are discussed and both the lines of development are described. Finally, some observations regarding the present decade and its requirements are given, and some predictions relating to the next decade and its prerequisites are made.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: Classification of data processing, evolution of data processing, philosophical implications, computing milieu, terminology
Journal or Publication Title: The Australian Computer Journal
ISSN: 0004-8917
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Published in the tenth anniversary issue of The Australian Computer Journal.

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