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Born: 1941-09-09
Profession: Scientist
Nation: American
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UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity.

Tags: Genius, Simple, Understand

C++ and Java, say, are presumably growing faster than plain C, but I bet C will still be around.

Tags: Bet, Growing, Plain

I'm just an observer of Java, and where Microsoft wants to go with C# is too early to tell.

Tags: Early, Tell, Wants

I'm not a person who particularly had heros when growing up.

Tags: Growing, Heros

I've done a reasonable amount of travelling, which I enjoyed, but not for too long at a time.

Tags: Done, Reasonable, Time

For infrastructure technology, C will be hard to displace.

Tags: Displace, Hard, Technology

Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson.

Tags: Career, Influence, Ken

At least for the people who send me mail about a new language that they're designing, the general advice is: do it to learn about how to write a compiler.

Tags: Advice, Learn, Write

When I read commentary about suggestions for where C should go, I often think back and give thanks that it wasn't developed under the advice of a worldwide crowd.

Tags: Advice, Give, Often

Any editing, software work, and mail is done in this exported Plan 9.

Tags: Done, Plan, Work

I fix things now and then, more often tweak HTML and make scripts to do things.

Tags: Fix, Often, Scripts

Over the past several years, I've been more in a managerial role.

Tags: Managerial, Past, Role

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.

Tags: Here, Plan, Time

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?

Tags: Done, Others, Time

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.

Tags: Group, Small, Successful

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.

Tags: Quite, System, Whole

I can't recall any difficulty in making the C language definition completely open - any discussion on the matter tended to mention languages whose inventors tried to keep tight control, and consequent ill fate.

Tags: Control, Keep, Matter

The kind of programming that C provides will probably remain similar absolutely or slowly decline in usage, but relatively, JavaScript or its variants, or XML, will continue to become more central.

Tags: Become, Continue, Remain

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.

Tags: Group, Plan, Work