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Manual - CSIRAC Computer, Programming, University of Melbourne, August 1959 Document Reg. No: ST 046410

Programming Manual for the Automatic Electronic Computer, CSIRAC, August 1959.

This manual is contained in a manila folder belonging to a CSIRAC user.

The folder contains a Programming Manual, Interprogram Manual and Course Notes.

The manual was produced by the staff of the Computation Laboratory of the University of Melbourne and based on material by Trevor Pearcey and Maston Beard

The manual provides a detailed description of how to program CSIRAC. The Intyroduction includes some explanation of what is meant by programming:
"To 'programme the calculation' means to draw up a list of commands, each of which calls on an operation that the machine can perform and which together will do what is required. For this purpose the programmer will need to know which commands the machine can perform and how to organize these operations into a complete programme. It is sometime helpful, but not necessary, to understand the physical details of machine prganization ...
In many programmes, most of the commands are copied from previously tested programmes, which have been organized into a 'library' of routines."
Manuals and notes are bound together using metal clips in manilla folder
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Eric Milkins
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: making history - csirac
Themes this item is part of: CSIRAC - a woman programmer's view, Introduction to the CSIRAC Programming Manual, Jun 1958, Information & Communication Collection, CSIRAC Collection
Primary Classification: COMPUTING & CALCULATING
Secondary Classification: Digital Computing
Tertiary Classification: manuals
Inscriptions: Handwritten on the front cover of the manila folder:
Programming Manual
Interprogram Manual
Course Notes
University of Melbourne

Handwritten at bottom:
E. Milkins
User: University of Melbourne (The), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1964
Past Owner: Mr Eric Milkins, Eltham, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1964

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