ENIAC programming Was: release dates of early microcomputer operating systems, incl. Intel ISIS
dave.g4ugm at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 12:33:18 CDT 2015
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> Subject: Re: ENIAC programming Was: release dates of early microcomputer
> operating systems, incl. Intel ISIS
> > > From: Dave Wade
> > > to me a "computer" without self-modifying code is a programmable
> > > calculator even if it has index registers...
> Most modern computer languages run with the executable instructions in a
> "pure code" section, which is set to be NOT writeable by the program.
> avoids a LOT of simple mistakes and REALLY hard to find program crashes.
> This is true of MS, Linux/Unix and the VMS program environment that I have
> used for about 40 years. I think you have to go back to maybe Windows 95
> RT-11 to not have that protection.
Windows/ME was the last program not to have that protection, but it is just
that, protection. At certain points in the execution process masks are set
to prevent programs from modifying themselves, at a macro level the system
has the capability to modify instructions, in the general case if the system
is considered a program, then it applies protections to prevent subsets of
code doing this....
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