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These names encompass a wide variety of segments of the computing industry. For example: Skytap, a venture-backed company based in Seattle, Washington, provides virtual labs for application development and QA teams. Developers can access these virtual labs and use Skytap’s library of prebuilt virtual machine, operating system, and application images; alternatively, they can upload existing virtual machines, builds, or test scripts into the Skytap environment. ” RollStream, Inc. provides a suite of on-demand collaboration tools that allows IT managers to reduce the time and effort required to collaborate and communicate with suppliers or customers on large projects.

The 1958 iteration introduced functions or subroutines (portions of a program), loops, and a primitive FOR control structure (a control structure determines the order in which functions are carried out). LISt Processing (1958–1960) Known as Lisp, this is a functional language for list processing. It is purely recursive and not iterative (it does not repeat a process in a computer program). ALGOrithmic Language (1960–1968) Algol was the fi rst universal language to be machine-independent. It introduced the concept of using blocks of statements and local variables inside a block, as well as dynamic arrays.

Assembly languages, however, can be used only with one type of CPU chip or microprocessor. This imposed a different set of limitations on programmers—they had to learn a new programming style each time they worked on a machine with different hardware. Highlevel, or third-generation, languages were invented to get around this problem. High-level languages often use words that are more like the English language—for example, LIST, PRINT, OPEN, and so on—as commands that represent a sequence of tens, or even hundreds, of machine-language instructions.

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