C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.
the prehistory of C…the golden rule for compiler-writers… early experiences with C…the standard I/O library and C preprocessor…K&R C…the present day: ANSI C…it’s nice, but is it standard?…the structure of the ANSI C standard…reading the ANSI C standard for fun, pleasure, and profit…how quiet is a “quiet change”?…some light relief—the implementation-defined effects of pragmas
The story of C begins, paradoxically, with a failure. In 1969 the great Multics project—a joint venture between General Electric, MIT, and Bell Laboratories to build an operating system—was clearly in trouble. It was not only failing to deliver the promised ...