Mike Gerwitz

Free Software Hacker+Activist

DMR: “Very early C compilers and language”

2013-03-01

An interesting article by Dennis Ritchie discussing early C compilers recovered from old DECtapes. The source code and history are fascinating reads. The quality of the code (the “kludgery”1, as he puts it) to me just brings smiles—I appreciate seeing the code in its original glory.

It is also saddening reading the words of such a great man who is no longer with us; perhaps it helps to better appreciate his legacy.