In 1968, there were only 10,000 installed computers in all of Europe. That year, NATO funded a conference that, even though its topic was little known to a wider audience, hosted more than 50 people from 11 different countries. Held in Garmisch, Germany, the conference talked about software engineering and represented the first appearance of programming as an engineering discipline. The event would later become known as the first of two NATO Software Engineering Conferences (the second was held a year later); both played major roles in promoting widespread acceptance of software development.

After the conference, the NATO Science Committee was ordered to compile a report that summarized the discussions.[1] Every time I read this report, ...

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