[pups] Bringing up the fist C compiler

Lars Brinkhoff lars at nocrew.org
Thu Sep 5 20:15:24 AEST 2002

Johnny Billquist <bqt at update.uu.se> writes:
> 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.

And tracing further backwards, the assembler was pheraps originally
developed in GECOS?

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