If C is so evil why is it so successful?

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Thu Apr 13 15:24:09 CDT 2017

On 04/13/2017 12:30 PM, Rich Alderson via cctalk wrote:
> From: allison Sent: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 3:18 PM
>> BASIC, why is that the most universal language implemented on
>> nearly every micro and many other systems.
> Because it was the language offered on the GEIS timesharing system
> when a private boys' school in Seattle decided to teach programming
> in 1969?  And on the systems at HP where a young technician was
> working in 1975?

Not forgetting that writing a BASIC interpreter that resides in 4KB is a
relatively simple task.

There were other interpreted BASIC-like languages before that; e.g. IITRAN.


More information about the cctalk mailing list