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Oct 3 2007   7:42AM GMT

A little history lesson on punch cards and RPG

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Jon Paris over at iDevelop, a blog of the IBM Systems Magazine Web site, gives a little history lesson regarding RPG and punch cards.

The impetus was a little back-and-forth at a recent Common user group event that had Paris thinking that a lot of people in IT don’t know the background and history of the technology that they’re using. Paris goes into some detail about how RPG today reflects the use of punch cards in the past (for example, in the use of the word “zone” in RPG). He also makes an interesting calculation regarding punch cards and digital music files. Check it out.

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