Re: Pascal vs. linkers, was The History of the ALGOL Effort

"Paolo Bonzini" <bonzini@gnu.org>
12 Sep 2006 19:00:20 -0400

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From: "Paolo Bonzini" <bonzini@gnu.org>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 12 Sep 2006 19:00:20 -0400
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 06-08-08206-08-086 06-08-105 06-08-138 06-09-050 06-09-052
Keywords: modula, history, C

> During the whole
> 1980s, our professors at University made their disregard for C public
> ("C is only a portable assembler"). Modula 2 was the language of the
> 1980s (at least here in Europe).


Indeed, when I started university in Italy (1998), Modula-2 was still
taught as your "first programming language". C was not disregarded as
a portable assembler, but it was indeed taught as a "dirty" language
and only introduced in the second year.


> The one single reason that I saw (at that
> time) was Microsoft choosing C and not Pascal as the language they
> used to re-write MS-DOS 3.x (which was implemented in 8086 assembler
> until then).


They had been using C for Windows since 1985 (while Mac OS was
Pascal-based, IIRC).


Paolo



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