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Old 05-28-2016, 10:52 AM   #16
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Actually, the whole point of developing C was to write Unix in it! Early operating systems were written in assembly language, which meant they needed to write a new OS for each new mainframe design. The idea of Unix was that if you wrote the OS in a high-level language, you'd just need to write a new compiler for each new computer. But what language? Hardly Fortran. They looked at developing BCPL but eventually gave up on it. They'd been referring to that as B, so they called the new language C. Incidentally, the reason why Unix has the X window system is that the prototype had been called (what else?) W.
 
  


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