Artifact Details

Title

Harris, Peter oral history

Catalog Number

102658173

Type

Text

Date

2004-11-19

Contributor

Doyne, Angie Pantages, Editor
Haigh, Thomas, Editor
Haigh, Thomas, Interviewer
Harris, Peter, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, California

Extent

29 p.

Description

Peter Harris describes his educational background and his early work using computers at United Aircraft. He started a service bureau company to convert the Connecticut Motor Vehicle Department addressograph plates to punch cards and then sold this business to C-E-I-R. He started a new service bureau company in San Francisco and created the ADPAC application development system which he first sold as a product. Later, he used ADPAC for his programming contract services which could generate operating programs or could be converted into COBOL programs. He built a product which would take existing COBOL programs and produce structured system charts and supporting documentation for program maintenance. This led to substantial Y2K work in the late 1990s. He finally describes a new product which converts the old US UPC codes to the new international standard UPC codes.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Harris, Peter; Nutt, Roy; United Aircraft; FORTRAN; Data Tech; Connecticut Motor Vehicle Department; Vineberg, Larry; C-E-I-R; Caneperry, Ed; ADPAC; COBOL (Software); Computer Sciences Corporation; CSC; ComputerWorld; Y2K; SS-80; Software business history

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X3010.2005