History of C (Re: Why do you use a devil as a mascot?)

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Sun Nov 14 22:43:34 UTC 2010

On Sun, Nov 14, 2010 at 02:02:49PM -0800, Chip Camden wrote:
> Quoth Gary Kline on Sunday, 14 November 2010:
> > 
> > 
> > 	Just about the whole Murray Hill gang stopped by Cray 
> > 	(in Chippewa Falls), late 80's, and I remember asking Dennis
> > 	what the deal was with "C++"; I remember him dodging the
> > 	thing.  Whoever-invented-C++ did a convoluted job, i s my
> > 	opinion.  It might be nice to add classes to C, but that's
> > 	about it.
> > 
> The inventor of C++ is Bjarne Stroustrop.  I had the chance opportunity
> to sit down at a table with him and have a conversation prior to an SD
> West conference several years ago.  He's a nice guy, with a great sense
> of humor -- but even he admits "C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the
> foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off."
> http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Bjarne_Stroustrup

There's always the theory that Bjarne Stroustrup actually meant C++ as a


It's generally regarded as a hoax, and there is an actually published
interview that corresponds with this time period in IEEE's Computer
Magazine that reads quite differently from this.  Still . . . if this is
real, it would certainly explain a lot.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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