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Language peer sets for VisiCalc:
United States
United States/1978
Designed 1978
1970s languages
Fourth generation
High Cold War
Genus 2D Spreadsheets
Specialised Languages
2D Spreadsheets
2D Spreadsheets/1978
2D Spreadsheets/United States
Spreadsheet/United States
State-charts/United States
Specialised Languages
Specialised Languages/1978
Specialised Languages/us

VisiCalc (6694/vis002)


Spreadsheet program 

alternate simple view
Country: United States
Designed 1978
Published: 1979
Genus: 2D Spreadsheets
Sammet category: Specialised Languages

for VISIble CALCulator

Spreadsheet programming language by Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston

Pioneer spreadhseet system - first "killer app", and initiator of a design that still dominates its class

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  • Bricklin, Dan and Frankston, Bob (1979) Bricklin, Dan and Frankston, Bob "VISICALC Computer Software Program" Personal Software, California 1979. Abstract
  • Frankston, Bob (1979) Frankston, Bob "VisiCalc: The Visible Calculator" National Computer Conference 1979 Personal Computing Festival Online copy Extract: Introduction Extract: The software problem
  • Beil, Donald H. (1982) Beil, Donald H. "The Visicalc Book" Virginia Reston 1982
  • Trost, Stanley R. & Charles Pomernacki (1983) Trost, Stanley R. & Charles Pomernacki "Visicalc for Science and Engineering" Berkeley Sybex, 1983
  • Lima, I.G. (1984) Lima, I.G. "Programming Decentralised Computers" Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1984 Online copy
  • Kibby MR (1985) Kibby MR "The electronic spreadsheet as a general-purpose programming tool" Comput Appl Biosci. 1985;1(2):73-8
  • Bricklin, Dan (1999) Bricklin, Dan "Was VisiCalc the 'first' spreadsheet?" Web essay, 1999 Abstract Online copy
  • Frankston, Bob (2003) Frankston, Bob "Implementing Visicalc" The Origins and Impact of VisiCalc Computer History Museum April 8th 2003. Abstract Online copy Extract: Calculations and Formulas
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