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Submission + - What Early Software was Influential? 1

theodp writes: That his 28-year-old whip-smart, well-educated CS grad friend could be unaware of MacWrite and MacPaint took Dave Winer by surprise. 'They don't, for some reason,' notes Winer, 'study these [types of seminal] products in computer science. They fall between the cracks of "serious" study of algorithms and data structures, and user interface and user experience (which still is not much-studied, but at least is starting). This is more the history of software. Much like the history of film, or the history of rock and roll.' So, Dave asks, what early software was influential and worthy of a Software Hall of Fame?
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What Early Software was Influential?

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  • As soon as I read this, the very first software that popped into my head was VisiCalc [wikipedia.org]. It was the first spreadsheet program ever, and gave the "toy/hobby" personal computers a reason to be brought into the business world. It definitely changed the landscape for Apple specifically and PC's in general.

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