Re: Bliss (Steve (D.E.) Stevenson)
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From: (Steve (D.E.) Stevenson)
Date: 27 Jul 87 13:30:04 GMT
References: <627@ima.ISC.COM>
Organization: Clemson University, Clemson, SC

in article <627@ima.ISC.COM>, (Charles Simmons) says:
> ..... To summarize, a language becomes popular by being widely available.
> Wide availability implies that either the language is being pushed
> by IBM and/or the government, or the language is easy to implement,
> or the language is highly portable.

This seems to be backwards. Things become widely available because people use
them. While I agree that the government can try, it don't necessarily work:
c.f. Jovial. C is far from easy to implement on non-dec stuff, surely is not
pushed by IBM and isn't all that portable.
Steve Stevenson
(aka D. E. Stevenson), dsteven@clemson.csnet
Department of Computer Science, (803)656-5880.mabell
Clemson Univeristy, Clemson, SC 29634-1906

[I have to disagree. C is quite straightfoward to implement on any byte-
addressable machine. We all know of implementations for 68000, 808x, IBM 370,
so on and so forth. I personally mutated the Sys V Vax compler into a usable
ROMP (IBM PC RT) compiler in a few months. And as far a portability goes, I
routinely take source code from the net that is intended for 32-bit Unix boxes
and make it run on my 16-bit PC with very little trouble. Try doing that with
most Pascal programs. -John]

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