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Studying the increased use of software applications: Insights from the case of the American petroleum industry, 1950--2000 (2002)


Description Software applications represents a new field of study within the history of computers. The author discusses how to do research on the history of applications, using the example of the petroleum industry to illustrate the approach. It involves discussing interactions among technologies, software, business issues, and industries, and argues that without such a holistic approach it becomes difficult to appreciate the historical importance of computers and their effects on society. (Abstract from:

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Authors & Contributors
Aspray, William F.
Cockrell, Alan
Richard Judy, Robert Clough
Ceruzzi, Paul E.
Johnston, Jessica R.
Toomey, Warren
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Oil-Industry History
History of Science
Published for the Mississippi Geological Society by University Press of Mississippi
Academic Press
MIT Press
Temple University Press
University of Oklahoma Press
The MIT Press
History of Computing
Petroleum industry
Computers and computing
Software engineering
Technology and society
Milken, Michael
Conway, Melvin
Benson, Gary (1954-)
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Soviet Union
Middle and Near East
Great Britain
American Heritage Center
Symantec Corporation
Peter Norton Computing Corporation
Bell Telephone Laboratories

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