So, 57 years ago started a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of September 14th 1960
The story continues:
Computer instructions are usually written in numerical form. Unfortunately the use of figures cuases a great deal of misapprehension among many would-be users.
Preparation of instructions or programmes for many business and routine applications is tedious but not complex.
A number of organisations prefer to appoint seventeen to eighteen year-old school leavers as programmers.
More academically qualified people have often been found wanting, as versatility appears one of the one of the criteria for success, rather than mathematical ability.
When writing a list of instructions, astute programmers can see ways of shortening the list. Often
Possible when operations are repeated a number of times in one process.
Special systems have been devised, however, to both speed and simplify programming.
These are based on writing instructions in a shortened English. These mnemonic characters are automatically transferred into machine language.
A command saying multiply by five might be written MPY.5.
A programme for repetitive operations can be stored on magnetic tape, and a number of manufacturers have libraries of these for their particular machines.