About The Computer Language Company

The Computer Language Company was founded in 1978 by husband-wife team Alan Freedman and Irma Morrison. When Freedman couldn't find a computer dictionary that would meaningfully augment the computer literacy classes he taught to Fortune 500 companies, he set out on a quest to purchase his first computer and write this "glaringly missing" reference. The year 1980 was explosive for personal computers, and buzzwords were everywhere. Self-published with 300-terms, The Computer Glossary was a huge success in hundreds of seminars. Within a few years, writing the dictionary became a full-time job, and after three decades, 300 entries grew to more than 30,000.

Although Freedman writes all the definitions in CDE, many outstanding professionals have provided technical assistance. Every major company in the industry has contributed to CDE and continues to do so. Channeled into print by one person, CDE is a collaboration of the best minds in the field.

Freedman and Morrison

Alan Freedman & Irma Morrison

The company began in a New York loft near Penn Station. In 1985, Alan and Irma migrated to beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania where they hand built the house they live and work in. They have four children and three grandchildren.

Data Processing in 1960

Data Processing in 1960

Alan Freedman started out when computers were fed with punch cards. Shown here running an IBM sorter, he learned data processing the hard way!