PDP-8 "Introduction to Programming"
Gordon JC Pearce
gordonjcp at gjcp.net
Wed Jun 25 12:44:08 CDT 2008
Alec McKenzie wrote:
> Symmes, Dave wrote:
>> I tripped across this email link on a Google search.
>> I was the author of the original PDP-8 * "Introduction to
>> Programming", published in either late 1968 or early 1969. I hired
>> onto Digital straight out of college as a tech writer joining a
>> department of four writers for the whole company.
>> Almost 40 years later I am still with HP.
> Great to hear from you.
> My copy of "Introduction to Programming" shows:
> First Printing, January 1969
> Second Printing, July 1969
> Copyright © 1968, 1969
> I found it a most useful book, though I had been programming PDP-8's
> since 1965, even before the first PDP-8's actually appeared.
I've finally dug my copy out (half my books are still boxed up from
moving house over six months ago). It's apparently the Second Edition,
1970, still with the Craigmount Secondary School Library tag in the
inside cover ;-)
My Mum picked it up in a second-hand bookshop in Edinburgh, years ago.
"Thought this would interest you", she said, "I know you like old DEC stuff"
Based on the wisdom within this book, I wrote a couple of PDP8
emulators. One was even quite good.
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