Bill Manaris : Fall 2006 / Usability Of Unix And C

Excerpt from interview with Dennis M. Ritchie

While both C and Unix take a fairly strict approach about what they are willing to do and what they’re not willing to do, they both managed to cover sufficiently large fractions of what people really needed, while still retaining smallness and compactness of design. Also, there was no pressure involved in the work; designs were pushed as far as they could be while still doing what needed to be done, “but we didn't have to make a product. We didn't have to write enough pages to get a thesis. It really was a matter of being able to push things in directions that were interesting to go. And you only had to push as far as seemed to be worthwhile.”


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