JOSS

Introduction to a Helpful Assistant

by C. L. Baker

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A step-by-step demonstration of JOSS — a system designed to provide the individual scientist and engineer with a personal computational service immediately available, whenever reqsuired, in his own working environment. The distinguishing features of JOSS are: mobile consoles equipped with electric typewriters for input and output; highly readable and powerful language for numeric computation; English capitalization, spelling, and punctuation rules; easy editing; quick response; exact input; familiar decimal arithmetic; exact output; and report-quality formatted output. The intimate interaction between man and machine permits the JOSS user to exercise judgment continually during the course of computation, changing and modifying the procedure as he wishes. This is one of the unique aspects that distinguishes JOSS from other systems and has led to its enthusiastic adoption by the RAND staff. This talk was presented to the Eleventh Annual Data Processing Conference at the University of Alabama Birmingham Center on 4 May 1966.

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