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Name:  Gabster
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Date: Around 1993


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I would like to get some information on the history of the C language, especially dates and roots. Also, if possible, I would like to know more about the motivations of the authors for writing it etc... (what does BCPL stands for?) I realize that this is not exactly a computer science question, but I hope you can be helpful. Thanks.



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The C language is a general-purpose programming language that was originally designed by Dennis Ritchie of Bell Laboratories and implemented there on a PDP-11 in 1972. It was first used as the systems language for the UNIX operating system. The developer of UNIX, Ken Thompson, had been using both assembler and a language named B to produce initial versions of UNIX in 1970. The invention of C came about to overcome the limitations of B. B was a programming language based on BCPL. BCPL was developed as a tapeless systems programming language, by Martin Richards. BCPL basic data type was the machine word, and it made heavy use of pointers and address arithmetic. C evolved from B and BCPL and incorporated typing. As for what BCPL stands for, I will have to get back to you on that.

Daniel Lee Luchinski


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