ERIC Number: ED093377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Report on a Mini-Computer Based Interactive Computing System.
In spite of the limitations of minicomputers, Western Washington State College (WWSC) has developed a useful interactive computing system based on a Model 7/32 Interdata minicomputer and the computer program, PILOT. The major disadvantages of minicomputers are the difficulty of securing maintenance and the reliance often on the single language, BASIC. Software systems are crucial and languages such as BASIC or APL are ill-suited for course-authoring for computer-assisted instruction (CAI). Cost, of course, is the principle advantage. The system at WWSC relies on a multilingual interpreter to execute programs in a constant pattern for all languages, once translated into an internal code of single byte operands and operators. PILOT has great structural simplicity but yet great versatility, and perhaps its best feature is its ability to call an already compiled BASIC subroutine. A program was written which can translate COURSEWRITER III to PILOT. The experience of WWSC indicates that a CAI system can be satisfactorily run on a minicomputer if there is access to good software. (WH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Western Washington Univ., Bellingham.