I'm not real up on my C history but the '78 date is wrong. UNIX was rewritten in C around '73 and C predates that (though only by a bit, I think). K&R's *book* was written in '78. Might want to add something about ANSI C in '88 and the second edition, too.
I heard somewhere that he created C to write UNIX. But I'm not sure how accurate that is. That would put its date of inception at ~1969.
What was UNIX originally written in if not C? I'm curious to know.
I *think* it was written mostly in assembly. Apparently Thompson wrote B (which was kind of inspired by BCPL) in 70, so maybe it was started in assembly and ended up being a mix, so C must have been 71-73 or so? But I'm not really sure.
Ah. Found it. "C was developed for the PDP-11 on the UNIX system in 1972." Still not sure exactly what it was before that, though.
Digiot 17:53, Mar 16, 2004 (EST)
Why don't you just point to http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Subject:C_programming_language? This here is not a programming wiki, and it would be good to educate readers about the existance of wikibooks. --ThorstenStaerk 11:19, December 31, 2010 (UTC)