Submitted by egdaylight on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 13:00
5 and 6 April, 1961
The Dijkstra family collected many things, including an advertisement in NATURE on 4 February 1961, which mentioned the ALGOL 60 Programming School to be held at Brighton Technical College on 5 and 6 April 1961.
Submitted by egdaylight on Sun, 03/27/2011 - 16:53
16 March - 15 April, 1971
Dijkstra wrote a report in Dutch about his trip to Warwick (England), which took place right before Easter, 1971. The purpose of his trip was to attend an IFIP Working Group 2.3 meeting at Warwick University. Some points in Dijkstra's trip report are of general interest:
Submitted by egdaylight on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 13:36
19 March 1971
Wirth and Dijkstra were close colleagues, thoroughly studying each other's writings in 1971. But how close, exactly, were they? How did Wirth's views differ from those of Dijkstra? In my first attempt to address these matters, I shall discuss a letter Wirth sent to Dijkstra in March 1971.
Submitted by egdaylight on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 16:37
Is it correct to say that Dijkstra reasoned linguistically during the late 1950s and early 1960s? A reviewer of the research paper `Dijkstra's Rallying Cry ...' expressed his reservations about this matter.
Submitted by egdaylight on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 14:50
In the previous post, "The reliability problem in a nutshell", the pessimistic assumption was made that each program component could interact with any other component. This resulted in the exponential factor pN, with N equal to the number of components and p equal to the probability that a component is bug free.
Submitted by egdaylight on Tue, 03/15/2011 - 14:25
8 February 1981
Given a specific function, called lambo, how do you prove that it is equal to its own inverse? Dijkstra's answer: by massaging a program that computes lambo. That is, by gradually transforming an original program that computes lambo into a symmetric program that is rather useless to the programmer but useful to the mathematician!