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Monday, July 26, 2004

Founding Fathers of Unix & C

It is always interesting to take a look back at the development of technology that is often taken for granted in the computer indistry today. Unix and C were both major accomplishments in an industry that was in it's infantcy but would grow and prosper under the guidence of it's early founding fathers.

For me, C was the first 'real' language that I began under some level of self study. I had cut my teeh during my high school years on the Commodore 64 using basic and some entry level of machine language near the end. C represented a milestone in my development as a developer, moving from a simple language into the realm of modern, complex and detailed development. Even today, rare 1st edition copies of the C Bible by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie bring a smile to my face.

Unix began with my early days in university as the only system containing the tools necessary to tinker around with the developing internet. It was a difficult OS to an uneducated beginner but soon enough it began to show it's strength and character.

If you have some time, check out this article at the Economist - a detailed history of the development of Unix and C, including some insite into the lives of those who worked their magic on machines that were so limiting when compared to todays modern machines.

Consider this post my effort to thank these fine people for thier effort. It does not go unnoticed.

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