Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – April 2019

This month’s ‘blue-chip’ read is one our recent titles in the computer sciences domain and was tabbed by our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Edward Da-Yin Liao as his recommended read.

Edward is currently the co-founder and CEO of Straight & Up Intelligent Innovations (SUII) Group Co., an intelligent solution innovator headquartered in San Francisco Bay Area, USA. He is creative and business-savvy, with more than two decades of progressive experience across a broad range of computer integration, automation, system engineering and management functions in semiconductor and high-tech industries.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Edwards’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR2019 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 3rd May 2019.


Dr Edward Liao’s ‘Recommended Read’:

First Generation Mainframes: The IBM 700 Series

Author: Stephen H. Kaisler

This volume describes several different models of IBM computer systems, characterized by different data representations and instruction sets that strongly influenced computer system architecture in the 1950s and early 1960s. The legacy of the IBM 700 series is found in their popular successors, the IBM 7000 Series, which will be described in a forthcoming volume.


“Legacy systems are systems that work!  People may be amazed that software written in the 60’s & 70’s is still running today. Some people started a job that uses mainframes and had no idea what a mainframe was and where to start learning the basics. From 1952 to 1964, several mainframe families were announced, designed for different applications. First Generation Mainframes: The IBM 700 Series gives you insight into the creation of IBM mainframes.

The IBM 700 Series was built based on vacuum tubes and magnetic drums.  They are the first generation mainframes in IBM. The IBM 700 mainframe systems were modular and based on a common system architecture, which made them easy to manufacture, configure, and service.

This volume examines the IBM 700 Series mainframes, including IBM 701/702/704/705/709 systems. Born in 1951, the IBM 701 was the first of the pioneering line of IBM 700 series computers and the first IBM large-scale electronic computer manufactured in quantity. It is the first IBM machine in which programs were stored in an internal addressable, electronic memory.  There were no systems labeled IBM 707 or 708.  The IBM 703 was a special-purposed machine for National Security Agency, but nothing else is known about the machine.  Even within a same family, different mainframe models had different instruction sets. The evolution of FORTRAN language made programming in mainframes more efficient than using assembly language.  This volume gives the reader a sense of FORTRAN, one of the oldest programming languages still in use today.”

Dr Edward Da-Yin Liao


For further information on Dr Edward Liao, please click here.

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