C 1973

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James Harris

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Oct 21, 2021, 3:45:53 PMOct 21
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Although many are aware of the document linked below ... since recent
posts I made were partly motivated by how early language designs
developed I think it's worth including this.

https://www.bell-labs.com/usr/dmr/www/chist.html

Some might question the year in the Subject. In fact, the web page says
C's development took place in the early 1970s. But I dated it to 1973 as
the document includes the following comment.

"By early 1973, the essentials of modern C were complete."


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James Harris

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Oct 23, 2021, 1:04:15 AMOct 23
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I remember an interesting discussion about the Initial release of C and when they started appearing on CP/M Based systems on the Vintage Computer Forum:

https://www.vcfed.org/forum/forum/technical-support/vintage-computer-programming/75724-c-compilers-were-there-any-between-the-first-one-unix-and-the-cp-m-ones

Dispite what I've read about when C came out, it's mentioned that 1973 was when it became available to the public and would still predate CP/M. A Burroughs system running MCP apparantely had a C for it, I don't know when that was though :(
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