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  1. Phillip G Armour
  2. The Business of Software: The Ontology of Paper
  3. Commun ACM V52n1(Jan 2009)pp23-24 [ 1435417.1435427 ]
  4. =ESSAY DOCUMENTATION PAPER vs
  5. Claims that the industrial revolution did not occur until steam engines were used to create steam engines.
  6. Claims that current software technology tends to reproduce the defects of paper-based artifacts.
  7. Describes the properties of paper artifacts: difficult to link artifacts, not executable, not easily verifiable, serial access, imposes a hierarchical structure, places information within a linear context, inherently single-tasking, ...
  8. Even hypertext does not relax these constraints.
  9. Claims that older systems fitted the paper model well.
  10. New systems need the external linkages and executability of software.

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