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Mike McCarty <Mike.McCarty@sbcglobal.net> writes:
> But when C came along, Pascal was just not up to systems programming.
> The only other alternative was assembler.

There were tons of "systems pascal" variants around, and lots of systems
programming was done in pascal (e.g., the "spice" OS, predecessor to
Mach, and other stuff done on the perq).

The reason C won was because (1) it was associated with unix, and people
(well, researchers) liked unix, and (2) people _liked_ C -- despite a
few weird points, it was a refreshingly practical and elegant language
compared to the "wordy pedantic schoolmarm" tradition that pascal came
from.  C was designed by _programmers_.

Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it
has to be us.  -- Jerry Garcia

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