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I wish to thank the Association for the privilege of delivering this first Turing lecture. And what better way is there to end this lecture than to say that if Turing were here today he would say things differently in a lecture named differently. 3 [Software]: File System Management access methods General Terms: Languages, Algorithms The Synthesis of Algorithmic Systems 15 Postscript ALAN J. PERLIS Department of Computer Science Yale University In an activity as dynamic as computing, one should not expect a 20-yearold position paper to remain prescient.
In short, also our second condition seems to be satisfied. And now the third condition: is it technically feasible? I think it might be, and I shall give you six arguments in support of that opinion. A study of program structure has revealed that programs -even alternative programs for the same task and with the same mathematical content -can differ tremendously in their intellectual manageability. The Humble Programmer 25 A number of rules have been discovered, violation of which will either seriously impair or totally destroy the intellectual manageability of the program.
As the nature of our involvement with computation changes - and it does - the appropriate description of language changes; our emphasis shifts. I feel that our successor model will show such a change. Computer science is a restless infant and its progress depends as much on shifts in point of view as on the orderly development of our current concepts. None of the ideas presented here are new; they are just forgotten from time to time. I wish to thank the Association for the privilege of delivering this first Turing lecture.