[pups] Bringing up the fist C compiler

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Thu Sep 5 20:07:42 AEST 2002

On Thu, 5 Sep 2002, Tim Bradshaw wrote:

> * Johnny Billquist wrote:
> > Well, I have a C compiler written in MACRO-11...
> > C wasn't written in C at the start, you know...
> Yes, I realise that! Many people (not readers of this list!) seem to
> assume that C is eternal though.  From the paper that Warren pointed
> me at (thanks) it looks like the only missing link is how TMG
> originally got onto the PDP-7...

How? It was written, of course. In assembler. By that time, you already
had the assembler, an editor, and other commonly used system programs, so
it's just a case of the normal development cycle.


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