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Re: [ontolog-forum] C and Ada (was: Please thread the discussion)

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From: Randall R Schulz <rschulz@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:34:50 -0800
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On Thursday 08 November 2007 09:25, Ed Barkmeyer wrote:
> Since this was once my domain of expertise -- programming languages
> -- I can't resist jumping in here.
> ...
> ...  C was indeed intended as a systems programming language.
> It was the third such language developed at Bell Labs in the period
> 1966-1971 and neither A nor B even had a "float" datatype.    (01)

"A?" I thought the progression was:    (02)

BCPL -> B -> C    (03)

Am I mistaken?    (04)

> ...
> The rest is history.  In my jaundiced view, I refer to this as "the
> Catholic Church method -- get 'em young."    (05)

Some of us managed to escape...    (06)

Frankly, I'm not sure which persists more strongly in my psyche, my 
years of C or my years of Roman Catholic catechism and education... Now 
that I think of it, both were of about the same duration!    (07)

> What you teach the students today will be the de facto commercial
> standard of tomorrow.     (08)

Now there's a burden to bear!    (09)

> -Ed    (010)

Randall Schulz    (011)

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