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This Day in History

Today: April 21, 2015
JOSS' developer Cliff Shaw

February 11, 1966

The RAND Coporation Takes JOSS out of Service

The RAND Corporation takes the Johnniac Open Shop System (JOSS) out of service. JOSS was a conversational time-sharing service that eased the bottleneck experienced by programmers in the batch environment--typical of the time--in which long delays existed between sending information to the computer and getting results back. Timesharing aimed to bring the user back into contact with the machine for online debugging and program development.