[DUG] [offtopic] Unix creator Dennis Ritchie dies
paul at accredo.co.nz
Fri Oct 14 12:48:24 NZDT 2011
> The original C compiler was written to build Unix on PDP-11s
> (Unix was the first operating system written almost entirely
> in a high level language - namely C) both done by Kernighan
> and Ritchie.
> Their book on the C language was the standard reference when
> I was learning programming.
Yeah - me too. I still have the K&R book and the Harbison & Steele book
on my bookshelf which I taught myself C from back in the day. Ah,
> One of them was asked years later in the light of later
> technology what they would have done differently in designing
> the OS, and he said after some pause that he would have
> called one of the OS API calls create rather than creat
I think he did add NUL terminated strings to that list later :-)
Just think of the buffer overflows that would have been avoided...
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