[TUHS] History of popularity of C

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Fri May 22 06:07:14 AEST 2020

On 2020-05-21 12:43 PM, Tony Finch wrote:
> Toby Thain <toby at telegraphics.com.au> wrote:
>> - inexpensive compiler availability was not very good until ~1990 or
>> later, but C had been taking off like wildfire for 10 years before that
> I get the impression that an important part of its popularity was how C
> (and C++) became the language of choice on the PC, and displaced Pascal in
> the process.

Yes, that's basically true, but I didn't try to cover the contemporary
"appeal" of C, stylistic or otherwise - but only the compiler point
(which I think is mostly false).


> Tony.

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