[TUHS] History of popularity of C

Toby Thain toby at telegraphics.com.au
Fri May 22 10:17:46 AEST 2020

On 2020-05-21 7:57 PM, Richard Salz wrote:
> Was the fact that gcc had the "portable" RTL as an intermediate
> representation important? That it was designed to be ported.
> And what about John Gilmore making all bsd user it? And the multiple
> usenix tutorials?

Regardless of one's opinions on the ubiquity of gcc it wasn't mature and
accessible until at least 10-15 years after C was already popular
(depending how you count).

And gcc is hardly an "easy" compiler project ... to the OP's question.


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