A description of a computer language based on the use of decision tables, DETAB-X (Decision Tables, Experimantal). The memorandum traces the evolution of computer progamming 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-C 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.
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