The Advanced Programming Specialist Group was founded in 1959 by a group of 18 members, chaired by Ewart L Willey of the Prudential Assurance Company, and originally known as "Group 5" since it was the fifth specialist group of BCS. It has held regular monthly meetings since then featuring leading guest speakers and topical debates. By tradition, it also holds an annual dinner at which the BCS President is the guest speaker.
APSG's members and guests have included many of the best known names in computing and the topics debated have included the development of programming languages, data and database management, processor and networking technology, distributed systems, object oriented programming, parallel programming, end user languages, aspect oriented programming, dynamic languages, software development tools and many others.
View a complete list of meetings held over the first 50 years (PDF)