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The Computing Field: Structure

  1. Peter J. Denning

Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse962

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Denning, P. J. 2009. The Computing Field: Structure. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 615–623.

Author Information

  1. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2009

Abstract

This article examines the development of the computing field. Our account considers the computing field in four stages: infancy (1935–1950), childhood (1950–1970), adolescence (1970–1990), and young adulthood (1990–2010). The computing profession is a product of the fourth stage. The relationships between computing and other fields are vitally important.

Keywords:

  • computing field;
  • computing profession;
  • IT profession;
  • computer science;
  • computer engineering;
  • software engineering;
  • information systems;
  • computational science