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

Arthur Chance freebsd at qeng-ho.org
Mon Nov 15 09:42:52 UTC 2010

On 11/14/10 20:44, Gary Kline wrote:
> 	TWo questions: didn't IBM create CPL? And doesn't BCPL
> 	Stand for "British Computer Programming Language"?  (I did have
> 	both editions of the C book by Brian and DEnnis; then loaned the
> 	2nd edition and never got ti back.)  I think Dennis gives credit
> 	to BCPL Somewhere.  Pretty sure those guys are all retired to
> 	somewhere *warm and sunny* by now!

According to Wikipedia:

 > The Combined Programming Language (CPL) was a computer programming
 > language developed jointly between the Mathematical Laboratory at the
 > University of Cambridge and the University of London Computer Unit
 > during the 1960s hence CPL gained the nickname "Cambridge Plus London"

Martin Richards, who invented/first implemented BCPL is technically 
retired but still active here in Cambridge (the UK one):


[Note the address of Cambridge Computer Lab :-)]

"Although the wombat is real and the dragon is not, few know what a
wombat looks like, but everyone knows what a dragon looks like."

	-- Avram Davidson, _Adventures in Unhistory_

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