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From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog

A History of the Software Industry

By Martin Campbell-Kelly

A business history of the software industry from the days of custom programming to the age of mass-market software and video games.

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A business history of the software industry from the days of custom programming to the age of mass-market software and video games.

From its first glimmerings in the 1950s, the software industry has evolved to become the fourth largest industrial sector of the US economy. Starting with a handful of software contractors who produced specialized programs for the few existing machines, the industry grew to include producers of corporate software packages and then makers of mass-market products and recreational software. This book tells the story of each of these types of firm, focusing on the products they developed, the business models they followed, and the markets they served. By describing the breadth of this industry, Martin Campbell-Kelly corrects the popular misconception that one firm is at the center of the software universe. He also tells the story of lucrative software products such as IBM's CICS and SAP's R/3, which, though little known to the general public, lie at the heart of today's information infrastructure.With its wealth of industry data and its thoughtful judgments, this book will become a starting point for all future investigations of this fundamental component of computer history.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262033039 388 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 23 illus.

Paperback

$21.95 S ISBN: 9780262532624 388 pp. | 9 in x 6 in 23 illus.

Reviews

  • ...a crucial document for anyone interested in understanding the history of software from a business perspective.

    firstmonday.org

  • A timely reminder of earlier booms and busts...

    Barry Fox

    New Scientist

  • A valuable long view of...the high-visibility Silicon Valley stock-market bubble.

    Steven Poole

    The Guardian

  • A well-rounded look at the software industry from a business perspective. Highly recommended.

    Library Journal

  • Campbell-Kelly is the first historian to give us a comprehensive overview of this hidden industry...

    David Siegfried

    Booklist

  • From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog should command a wide audience...

    Slashdot.org

  • I strongly recommend this book...

    Paul Ceruzzi

    The Times Higher Education Supplement

  • In his incisive, panoramic book... Martin Campbell-Kelly delivers all three: context, insight, even occasional humor.

    Steve Lohr

    The New York Times

  • In his incisive, panoramic book...Martin Campbell-Kelly delivers...context, insight, even occasional humor.

    Steve Lohr

    The New York Times

  • A timely reminder of earlier booms and busts.

    Barry Fox

    New Scientist

  • A valuable long view of what is...the high-visibility Silicon Valley stock-market bubble.

    Steven Poole

    The Guardian

  • I strongly recommend this book...

    Paul Ceruzzi

  • In his incisive, panoramic book...Martin Campbell-Kelly delivers all three: context, insight, even occasional humor.

    Steve Lohr

    The New York Times

  • ...Provides a smooth, very readable ride through the growth of one of the last half century's most important industries.

    Cal Clinchard

    PC Today

Endorsements

  • This book presents an exceptionally clearheaded overview of one of the most important industries of the twentieth century. No other work covers the business dimensions of the software industry so comprehensively or so clearly. It should be the starting point for anyone interested in the history of the software business.

    Steven Usselman

    School of History Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology

Awards

  • Awarded the 2003 American Association for History and Computing Book Prize presented by the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC).