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Expert C Programming: Deep C Secrets by Peter van der Linden

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Chapter 1. C Through the Mists of Time

 

C is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success.

 
 --Dennis Ritchie

The Prehistory of C

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 ...

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