[TUHS] Origin year of BSD csh?

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Tue Jun 28 07:20:29 AEST 2016


Ronald Natalie scripsit:

> Sure, it was a long time ago, but I’ll tell you what I remember.
> The one thing I do remember is that the SV /bin/sh was written in
> these horrendous macros that sort of made it look like algol or
> something.

I've always wondered what would have happened if Algol 68 (brought back
from England by Bourne) had out-competed C at Bell Labs, and had become
the dominant programming language of Unix.  Probably the commercial
world would have standardized on Pascal, something that almost happened
(the x86 chip is optimized for Pascal in several ways).

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with his face softened by a sudden smile.  "I am Aragorn son of Arathorn,
and if by life or death I can save you, I will."


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