Good ideas, through the looking glass [computing history]

@article{Wirth2006GoodIT,
  title={Good ideas, through the looking glass [computing history]},
  author={N. Wirth},
  journal={Computer},
  year={2006},
  volume={39},
  pages={28-39}
}
Computing's history has been driven by many good and original ideas, but a few turned out to be less brilliant than they first appeared. In many cases, changes in the technological environment reduced their importance. Often, commercial factors also influenced a good idea's importance. Some ideas simply turned out to be less effective and glorious when reviewed in retrospect or after proper analysis. Others were reincarnations of ideas invented earlier and then forgotten, perhaps because they… 

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