[FOM] Sorry, yet another historical question

Jacques Carette carette at mcmaster.ca
Wed Apr 4 22:14:16 EDT 2012

On 12-04-01 04:31 AM, T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk wrote:
> (i) Is there a decent historical article anywhere outlining the 
> emergence of the idea of the *Abstract data Type* (aka ADT)?

This is not really a historical article, but rather a modern look at the 
idea, but I would nevertheless highly recommend William Cook's "On 
understand data abstraction, revisited", available at 
http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~wcook/Drafts/2009/essay.pdf [officially at 

The bibliography is extensive, and cites all the classic works on the 


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