Backus on Von Neumann at the Turing Award

Can Programming Be Liberated from the von Neumann Style?

On a pre­vi­ous post, we talked about Von Neumann’s Turing Complete mod­el for a com­puter. A CPU, some Memory, and I/O. It was beau­ti­ful, but it had its dis­ad­vant­ages, and an unfor­tu­nate leg­acy. Today, John Backus will lead our jour­ney through these mat­ters. Enter Sandman: Backus 32 years later, a thor­ough cri­tique was addressed, iron­ic­ally, […]

Size Matters

An American welcoming

Yeah, that’s one thing I learnt in the States. Let’s get through its first week’s les­sons. The pass­port con­trols were noth­ing spe­cial. I mean, I was checked like, one time in Warsaw, three times in Zurich, and noth­ing less than 6 times in Los Angeles (fur­ther on, LA). But all of them were routine. First […]