Programming Manual for the Automatic Electronic Computer, CSIRAC, August 1959.
This manual is contained in a manila folder belonging to a CSIRAC user.
The folder contains a Programming Manual, Interprogram Manual and Course Notes.
The manual was produced by the staff of the Computation Laboratory of the University of Melbourne and based on material by Trevor Pearcey and Maston Beard
The manual provides a detailed description of how to program CSIRAC. The Intyroduction includes some explanation of what is meant by programming:
"To 'programme the calculation' means to draw up a list of commands, each of which calls on an operation that the machine can perform and which together will do what is required. For this purpose the programmer will need to know which commands the machine can perform and how to organize these operations into a complete programme. It is sometime helpful, but not necessary, to understand the physical details of machine prganization ...
In many programmes, most of the commands are copied from previously tested programmes, which have been organized into a 'library' of routines."
Manuals and notes are bound together using metal clips in manilla folder
Donation from Mr Eric Milkins, by 12/2000
Handwritten on the front cover of the manila folder: CSIRAC Programming Manual Interprogram Manual Course Notes University of Melbourne Handwritten at bottom: E. Milkins
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