Year 2000 problems and solutions: A Kuwait University experience

A. S. Boujarwah, A. K. Ali, K. Saleh, M. S. Laghari

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In the early days of computer software development, programmers used a two-digit representation for the year in a date to save memory (i.e. 61 instead of 1961). This will create, and in some cases is already creating, serious problems as the computer sees the year 2000 as 1900. In this paper, we will further clarify the problem and survey some existing methods of finding, fixing and testing for accuracy of possible solutions. We will evaluate these techniques and some existing software products that deal with this problem. We will give a real-life example of how the problem has been solved at an institution of higher learning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-101
Number of pages13
JournalKuwait Journal of Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Code understanding
  • Maintenance
  • Tools
  • Y2K
  • Year 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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