VisiCalc - The First Spreadsheet Application

This section provides an introduction of VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet application, for Apple II computers, developed by Dan Bricklin and released in 1979

VisiCalc is the first spreadsheet application for personal computers. VisiCalc sold over 700,000 copies in six years. Here is how describes the origin of VisiCal:

"Conceived by Dan Bricklin, refined by Bob Frankston, developed by their company Software Arts, and distributed by Personal Software in 1979 (later named VisiCorp) for the Apple II computer, it propelled the Apple from being a hobbyist's toy to being a much-desired, useful financial tool for business."

The picture below shows a screenshot of VisiCalc (Source:
VisiCalc for Apple II in 1979

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 1957 - FORTRAN Language Developed by IBM

 1970 - UNIX Operating System Developed by AT&T Bell Labs

 1971 - FTP Protocol Created by Abhay Bhushan

 1972 - C Language Developed by Dennis Ritchie

 1976 - vi Text Editor Developed by Bill Joy

1977 - Apple II Designed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

 Apple II - The First Personal Computer

 Apple II Different Models

VisiCalc - The First Spreadsheet Application

 Apple Writer - The Most Popular Word Processor

 ADT - Apple Disk Transfer

 1977 - The Bourne Shell Developed by Stephen Bourne

 1978 - The C Shell Developed by Bill Joy

 1978 - Bash (Bourne-Again Shell) Developed by Brian Fox

 1979 - The Tcsh (TENEX C Shell) Developed by Ken Greer

 1983 - "Sendmail" Mail Transfer Agent Developed by Eric Allman

 1984 - Macintosh Developed by Apple Inc.

 1984 - X Window System Developed a MIT Team

 1991 - WWW (World Wide Web) Developed by Tim Berners-Lee

 1991 - Gopher Protocol Created by a University of Minnesota Team

 1995 - Java Language Developed by Sun Microsystems

 1995 - PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor Created by Rasmus Lerdorf

 2002 - .NET Framework Developed by Microsoft


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