History of C (Re: Why do you use a devil as a mascot?)
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Sun Nov 14 15:51:40 UTC 2010
> From owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org Sun Nov 14 03:09:59 2010
> Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 01:00:35 -0800
> From: perryh at pluto.rain.com
> To: perrin at apotheon.com
> Cc: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: History of C (Re: Why do you use a devil as a mascot?)
> Chad Perrin <perrin at apotheon.com> wrote:
> > On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 02:32:04PM -0600, Robert Bonomi wrote:
> > > should the one-leter name for 'c++' be 'd' or 'p'?
> > > (nobody could decide/agree, which *IS* why it is 'c++'
> > > to this day)
> > ... D is already another programming language ...
> It wasn't back then :)
> > I don't know what this P has to do with it.
> You have revealed yourself as a newbie :)
> In the beginning there was CPL, the "Combined Programming Language."
> It was large enough to be infeasible to implement using then-current
> technologies, so the "Bootstrap Combined Programming Language" (BCPL)
> was invented, with the intent that the first CPL compiler would be
> written in BCPL.
> CPL never amounted to much -- I don't know whether it was ever
> implemented at all -- but BCPL developed a following.
Trivia: BCPL was the _first_ programming language to use 'curly braces'
to group statements. It also used '//' to indroduce a 'single-line comment'.
> (at Bell Labs?)
Ken Thompson, 1969
> produced a derivative called B, from which a few
> researchers at Murray Hill derived C.
Mostly one. Dennis Ritchie, circa 1972. Brian Kernighan contributed,
and Ken stuck his oar in occasionally.
> Thus the question: should
> the next language in the series be named D (next alphabetically)
> or P (next letter of BCPL)?
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