The Future of Software

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Continuing the trend-watching of Technology 2001, which discussed the technologies that could well define the computing and communications environment that lies ahead, The Future of
Software assembles the observations of leading computer scientists, strategists, and planners in both business and academia, this time tackling software development.Despite the extraordinary advances during the past few years in computing power, Derek Leebaert and the other contributors see as the ...

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Overview

Continuing the trend-watching of Technology 2001, which discussed the technologies that could well define the computing and communications environment that lies ahead, The Future of
Software assembles the observations of leading computer scientists, strategists, and planners in both business and academia, this time tackling software development.Despite the extraordinary advances during the past few years in computing power, Derek Leebaert and the other contributors see as the biggest challenge for the future the development of software that can fully exploit the the computer's ever-increasing capabilities. Each author addresses the particular aspect of software that is his or her specialty, examining how various developments and applications will transform the way we think about and use comptuters as we enter the next millennium.The topics include the history and evolution of software, the future of software and how it will change the way we live, software standardization, work group computing, computer supported collaboration, end-user programming,
natural language and natural- intelligence capabilities and limitations, the Japanese software industry, software and the law, and the coordination of knowledge.

The MIT Press

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Computer and software experts from disciplines such as business, academia, and law address the question of how software can keep pace with computer development, and discuss issues such as software evolution, standards and ownership, work-group collaboration, end- user programming, natural-language and human-intelligence capabilities, and Japan's software crisis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262621090
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/1996
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
News from the Frontiers 1
The Evolving Resource 29
Is Any of This Relevant? 45
The Keys to the Highway 77
The Prairie School: The Future of Workgroup Computing 105
Software without Borders: Applications That Collaborate 127
The Fall of Software's Aristocracy: Realizing the Potential of Development 157
Naturalware: Natural-Language and Human-Intelligence Capabilities 177
Where's the "Walkman" in Japan's Software Future? 215
Property of the Mind: Software and the Law 227
Knowledge and the New Magnitudes of Connection 261
About the Authors 291
Index 295
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