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C language inventor spurns Google's language exam

Apr 22, 2010, 15:34 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"Google won't allow the co-inventor of Unix and the C language to check-in code, because he won't take the mandatory language test.

"Between 1969 and 1973, Ken Thompson implemented a version of the Multics system at Bell, called Unix, with Dennis Ritchie. At the same time he also developed the C language. The speed and simplicity of C helped Unix spread widely. Both have subsequently become quite popular.

"Google hired Thompson to create a new language, Go. But Google also requires all of its recruits to pass a language test. According to Thompson, he hasn't quite got round to it yet - and so can't submit code."

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