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Fire in the Valley, 3rd Edition by Paul Freiberger, Michael Swaine

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The Other BASIC

Studying computer science was the Navy’s idea.

–Gordon Eubanks, software pioneer

One operating system—Kildall’s CP/M—would dominate the early years of the personal-computer industry. By comparison, the relative ease of creating new and different BASIC capabilities led to competition between two higher-level languages. One of those languages was Gates and Allen’s. The other was developed by a student of Kildall’s.

The Nuclear Engineer

In 1976, a young nuclear engineer named Gordon Eubanks had almost finished his US Navy service. As a civilian, he had logged nine months of experience with IBM as a systems engineer. The Navy offered him a scholarship to take a master’s degree in computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School ...

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