[TUHS] > I really

Doug McIlroy doug at cs.dartmouth.edu
Mon Mar 27 11:44:53 AEST 2017


> like how blindingly obvious a lot of the original Unix code was
> ...  sort of what you would imagine it to be before you saw it.

That's a facet of Thompson's genius--code so clean and right that,
having seen it, one cannot imagine it otherwise. Odds are, though,
that the same program from another hand would not have the same 
aura of inevitability. As Erdos would say of a particularly elegant

proof, "It comes from the Book," i.e. had divine inspiration.

Doug


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