[TUHS] Lorinda Cherry

Will Senn will.senn at gmail.com
Wed Feb 16 10:54:11 AEST 2022

bc is my all time favorite calculator. I feel incomplete whenever I sit 
down at a Windows machine and have to pull up the so-called calculator 
there. And nothing beats it for simple base conversion, either. As a 
front-end for dc it's fun to have students wonder about the dual 
processes, then show them how they work together. Really good example of 
the unix way of doing things. Too bad they went and combined them in 
recent days.

On 2/15/22 5:51 PM, Larry McVoy wrote:
> I do a ton of stuff in bc, it works well because when I get an answer
> I didn't expect, I can scroll backward and see where I screwed up.
> Nice writeup, Doug, I wish I had met her, she sounds like a super
> substantial person.
> On Tue, Feb 15, 2022 at 06:43:27PM -0500, Jim Capp wrote:
>> Ditto on bc, in Linux.
>>> On Feb 15, 2022, at 6:36 PM, Steve Nickolas <usotsuki at buric.co> wrote:
>>> ???On Tue, 15 Feb 2022, Douglas McIlroy wrote:
>>>> First came "dc", an unlimited-precision desk calculator,
>>>> which is still a Unix staple 45 years on. Building on dc,
>>>> she would later make "bc", which made unlimited precision
>>>> available in familiar programming-language notation and became
>>>> the interface of choice to dc.
>>> In the form of GNU/NetBSD bc, I use bc(1) to this day as my tool of choice for quick calculations.
>>> -uso.

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