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 Unixica.com -- A tribute to the Unix and its people
Ken is the most talented programmer computer industry has ever seen.
Ken joined Bell Labs after finishing his study at UCB in summer 1969, to work on Multics.
Dennis invented the C programming language, which is appreciated by a huge number of programmers around the world, and despite its age is still one of the most used programming languages around.
www.unixica.com /html/bell.html   (804 words)

  
 Origins and History of Unix, 1969-1995
Unix was born in 1969 out of the mind of a computer scientist at Bell Laboratories, Ken Thompson.
Unix research had begun there in 1974, and was given a substantial impetus when Ken Thompson taught at the University during a 1975-76 sabbatical.
Unix was very close to being the first system under which a programmer could sit down directly at a machine and compose programs on the fly, exploring possibilities and testing while composing.
www.catb.org /~esr/writings/taoup/html/ch02s01.html   (5866 words)

  
 Origins and History of Unix, 1969-1995
Unix was born in 1969 out of the mind of a computer scientist at Bell Laboratories, Ken Thompson.
Unix research had begun there in 1974, and was given a substantial impetus when Ken Thompson taught at the University during a 1975-76 sabbatical.
Unix was very close to being the first system under which a programmer could sit down directly at a machine and compose programs on the fly, exploring possibilities and testing while composing.
www.faqs.org /docs/artu/ch02s01.html   (5866 words)

  
 Glossary
The operating system is also responsible for hiding the details of the computer hardware from the application programmers, e.g., letting a programmer say "I want to write ABC into a file named XYZ" without the programmer having to know how many disk drives the computer has or what company manufactured those drives.
An operating system developed by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie at Bell Laboratories in 1969, vaguely inspired by the advanced MULTICS system built by MIT.
Computer systems typically incorporate capacious storage devices that are slow (e.g., disk drives) and smaller storage devices that are fast (e.g., memory chips, which are 100,000 times faster than disk).
philip.greenspun.com /panda/glossary.html   (4057 words)

  
 Origins and History of Unix, 1969-1995
Unix was born in 1969 out of the mind of a computer scientist at Bell Laboratories, Ken Thompson.
Unix was very close to being the first system under which a programmer could sit down directly at a machine and compose programs on the fly, exploring possibilities and testing while composing.
Officially, System III source licenses cost $40,000 each; but Bell Labs was turning a blind eye to the number of bootleg Bell Labs Unix tapes in circulation, the universities were still swapping code with Bell Labs, and it looked like Sun's commercialization of Unix might just be the best thing to happen to it yet.
www.faqs.org /docs/artu/ch02s01.html   (4057 words)

  
 The C Programming Language
Finally in 1972, a co-worker of Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, returned some of the generality found in BCPL to the B language in the process of developing the language we now know as C. C's power and flexibility soon became apparent.
C is a powerful, flexible language that provides fast program execution and imposes few constraints on the programmer.
The C language is also used in computer games:
www.engin.umd.umich.edu /CIS/course.des/cis400/c/c.html   (4057 words)

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