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Article Number: 9900


Date: 17 May 83 1:51:43-PDT (Tue)



From: Billw@sri-unix.arpa



To: info-micro@brl.arpa



Redistributed-by: Dave Mankins



Redistributed-to: info-cobol@mc,.../list:@BBN-UNIX



Redistributed-date: 17 May 1983 10:49:53 EDT (Tuesday)





To: info-micro@brl



Subject: CACM to merge with Byte





***** sri-unix:net.misc / parsec!Anonymous / 11:46 pm May 7, 1983





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PM-CACM Folds, Fkr,237



America's Finest Computer Journal to Fall



Eds: Human interest for computer related Sunday supplement



By V. K. Rokofu



Unassociated Press Writer



SILICONE VALLEY (UP) - The world of academic computer science was rocked



today by an announcement by Peter J. Denning that the foremost journal



of computer science (The Communications of the ACM: CACM) will cease



publication with its March issue. The publication is merging with Byte



magazine, a popular hobbyist computer rag. Readers of the CACM knew



something was amiss when they received their recent March issue



which contained almost no technical matter whatsoever. The journal



which formerly published papers pushing forward the state of art



in computer had resorted to articles such as "Comparing Two Microcomputer



Systems: CP/M and HDOS" and "Remote Office Work: Changing Work Patterns



in Space and Time". Advertisements for such state-of-the-art companies



as Macmillan publishing (books on BASIC-80 and CP/M) appear in the March



issue. The March issue also featured children and Apple microcomputers



on its cover.





"We're simply delighted that CACM has seen the light", exclaimed Mark



Haas, managing editor of Byte magazine. "We saw their editorial content



deteriorating over the last year and figured that 1983 was going to be



the year of hobbyist computing for CACM!"





Dr. Denning, former chairman of Purdue University's Computer Science



Department, announced Dr. D. Dobbs as his replacement editor. He also



named Dr. Portia Isaacson as Technology Trends and Fashion Editor.



Feature editors include Adam Osborne (architecture and aesthetics),



David Ahl (software for the masses), and Steve Ciarcia (logic design



and hardware).





"It's just too damn much work to keep trying to think up new



material every month", Dr. Denning sighed. "It's a lot easier to



recycle stuff from the earlier years of computing and peddle it as



''state of the art microcomputer research''. I've made a bundle



consulting on just that kind of stuff."





In keeping with the academic bent, the new CACM/Byte magazine's



next issue will have articles by key researchers and authors in the



field. "BASIC Not Considered Harmful At All" by Edsgar Dijkstra



headlines the issue, guest edited by Steven Jobs, founder and genius



behind Apple Computer Corporation. The issue includes a program in



which every line is either the source or sink of a "goto" command.



"Assembler Programming For Fun and Profit" leads the new "home entrepreneur"



section, edited this month by Adele Goldberg, a reformed high level



language programmer. Dr. Goldberg, who recently joined the staff of CACM/Byte



after hearing of the merger, explained that "Peter's right. It's just a



real hassle designing new languages and systems all the time. Assembler



is where it's always been: speed, power, ego. I've been a closet 'asm'



programmer for years and I've finally decided to share my joy with the world."





Some of the surprises in the next issue include a non-bitter article



by Dr. Niklaus Wirth: "Why Real Men Program in Fortran". When contacted



at his bank in Zurich, Dr. Wirth commented, "Peter's got a real winner



here all right. Ever since I designed and constructed that turkey called



the Lilith, I've known that microcomputers were the home of the fast buck.



I figure I can recycle all my old crap in about two years and make maybe



ten times as much money as I did the first time around."





One disappointment to many universities will be the removal of the



old "Position Announcements" section and its replacement by a "Personal



Advertisements" section. Typical personal ads resemble: "Straight White



FORTH programmer desires to meet Female with BASIC background that is



stacked well..."





The new CACM/Byte will no longer contain the "Calls for Papers" for



most of the high-technology computer conferences. "They were boring,



anyway" says young Mortimer Antiluchee, 10 year old APPLE computer owner,



whose picture was featured on the cover of the March, 1983 CACM issue.



The cover also shows geriatric computing, a house for former Algol



programmers, and scores of cars fleeing Boston's minicomputer manufacturers



for the greener pastures of microcomputing.





In a related announcement, ACM Associate Editor in Chief Lloyd



Fosdick explained that CACM will now stand for "Childrens' & Adolescents'



Computer Magazine". He elaborated, "We've known this was coming since



the first budget shortage. Byte has been making bucketfuls of money and



it's time we cashed in before the industry is overrun by teenage computer



hackers."





When contacted for comment, Yoko Sunoto, High Technology Minister



for Japan's Fifth Generation Computer Project, stated, "Ha ha. Isn't



technology wonderful? Last year most of those guys couldn't even spell



computer. We will bury you."


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