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Article Number: 9900

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



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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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


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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