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A History of the Development of C

Someone posted a pointer to an old (1994) paper of Dennis Ritchie on the development of the C language. I haven’t read it in years and it was interesting to revisit it. The paper, along with several others describing aspects of C and Unix, are available on Ritchie’s home page that AT&T still maintains. I’d forgotten some of the details that he reveals such as why the default name for a Unix executable is a.out and why the...