6423Re: First spreadsheet
- Nov 5, 2007Jim Scheef <jscheef@...> wrote:
>VisiCalc, who did and what was it called?
> If Dan Bricklin didn't invent the computer spreadsheet when he wrote
The Bricklin Web site itself addresses this question of "first".
Bricklin himself says Visicalc was not THE first, but it had a number
of other "firsts" in context.
I found this and other references by simply Googling "spreadsheet
history visicalc". Took about a minute. Another reference
states specific publications (books and articles) on computerized
forms of the spreadsheet, going back to the 1960's.
Like ALL the other "firsts" in personal computing, there are previous
inventions and creations. That's simply because the various "first"
personal computers were not the FIRST computers. Bill Degnan tried to
make this point, I believe, when he tried to use the term
"micro-computing" to refer to some kind of one-on-one use of a
computer with a person in an interactive, nearly-real-time, kind of
way. Microprocessors in the mid-1970's were just another advance in
the technical art of providing computing power of some sort, to
individuals, for individual use instead of corporate or industrial
use; and away from tedious hand-and-head work with pen and paper.
Consequently, Bricklin's VisiCalc was one of many "firsts" in
microprocessor-based personal computing; but not in computing in
general. It takes a lot of homework and research to make a case for a
"true" "first", in any area of invention and development. All firsts
are qualified in some way.
This question caught my interest, because I've just completed a
discussion with a Web site author and researcher, who has a very good
set of pages on the "first personal computer?" We discussed the role
of the MITS Altair 8800, and traded considerations. I just got
permission to post our discussion, and it's now on my Web site as:
as a dialog between myself and Doug Salot. Here's his Web page
and for the question
I beieve Doug was a VCF exhibitor at VCF 3.0
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