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C was already implemented on several quite different machines and OSs, Unix was already being distributed on the PDP-11, but the portability of the whole system was new. Dennis Ritchie#Already 83
Dennis Ritchie#Already 83
Dennis Ritchie#Absolutely 72
I fix things now and then, more often tweak HTML and make scripts to do things. Dennis Ritchie#Fix 70
Dennis Ritchie#Fix 70
A new release of Plan 9 happened in June, and at about the same time a new release of the Inferno system, which began here, was announced by Vita Nuova. Dennis Ritchie#Announced 63
Dennis Ritchie#Announced 63
Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson. Dennis Ritchie#Career 45
Dennis Ritchie#Career 45
UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity. Dennis Ritchie#Basically 34
Dennis Ritchie#Basically 34
C is peculiar in a lot of ways, but it, like many other successful things, has a certain unity of approach that stems from development in a small group. Dennis Ritchie#Approach 26
Dennis Ritchie#Approach 26
At the same time, much of it seems to have to do with recreating things we or others had already done; it seems rather derivative intellectually; is there a dearth of really new ideas? Dennis Ritchie#Already 26
Dennis Ritchie#Already 26
C++ and Java, say, are presumably growing faster than plain C, but I bet C will still be around. Dennis Ritchie#Bet 25
Dennis Ritchie#Bet 25
The visible things that have come from the group have been the Plan 9 system and Inferno, but I hasten to say that the ideas and the work have come from colleagues. Dennis Ritchie#Colleagues 24
Dennis Ritchie#Colleagues 24
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