[TUHS] History of popularity of C

Tom Ivar Helbekkmo tih at hamartun.priv.no
Fri May 22 18:52:56 AEST 2020

Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> writes:

> I suspect the real reason for C's sucess was the nature of the language.
> When I first saw it (ca. 1976), it struck me as a quantum improvement over
> its contemporaries.

Paul Graham expressed it like this:

"It seems to me that there have been two really clean, consistent
models of programming so far: the C model and the Lisp model. These
two seem points of high ground, with swampy lowlands between them."

Most people who graduate with CS degrees don't understand the significance
of Lisp.  Lisp is the most important idea in computer science.  --Alan Kay

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