Accession Number : AD0659734

Title :   THE JOSS PRIMER,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Marks,S. L. ; Armerding,G. W.

Report Date : AUG 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : Introduction to JOSS, RAND's time-shared computing system, for the beginning user with examples illustrating the system's basic elements, which can easily be learned without programming experience. Seated at a mobile console connected to a computer via telephone lines, the Primer reader follows the instructions step by step, duplicating examples, trying variations, and observing results. He types commands in imperative English sentences, instructing JOSS to perform procedures in arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, and logic. JOSS responds with answers in user-prescribed formats and with error messages that help the user correct errors and resume processing. To extend the beginner's knowledge of JOSS, the Primer concludes with lists of JOSS commands and functions and suggested reading in the JOSS literature. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMPUTERS, *DATA PROCESSING), (*INPUT OUTPUT DEVICES, *COMPUTER OPERATORS), TIME SHARING, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, INTERACTIONS, TYPEWRITERS, TRAINING, INSTRUCTION MANUALS

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Computer Hardware
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE