[TUHS] DEC compilers (was Happy birthday, John Backus!)

Paul Winalski paul.winalski at gmail.com
Thu Dec 6 02:24:36 AEST 2018

Another DEC compiler that I forgot was the original C compiler for
Tru64 Unix on the Alpha.  This was done at the DECwest facility in
Seattle (which originally had been set up by Dave Cutler).  It was a
very strict implementation of the ANSI C89 standard--it had no
extensions such as K&R support.  One customer called it the "Rush
Limbaugh of C compilers" because it was extremely conservative and you
couldn't argue with it.

-Paul W.

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