A description of computer language based on the use of decision tables, DETAB-X (Decision Tables, Experimental). The paper traces the evolution of computer programming and the steps in its development. The desirable features for a problem-analysis technique are discussed together with a comparison of DETAB-X and COBOL-61. DETAB-X was developed at Rand as part of a continuing effort to devise methods that will permit the Air Force and other large users of computers to reduce costs and time-lags involved in designing and implementing data systems.
Pollack, Solomon L., What is DETAB-X?. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 1962. https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P2608-1.html. Also available in print form.
Pollack, Solomon L., What is DETAB-X?, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, P-2608-1, 1962. As of October 05, 2022: https://www.rand.org/pubs/papers/P2608-1.html