Review: The History of Unix Video
Review: The History of Unix Video — Yasoob Khalid
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November 10, 2018
Hi everyone! If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know how much I love computers. I recently watched this video about the history of Unix and decided to write a short post about it. It’s a one hour presented by Rob Pike who joined Bell labs and worked on Unix in the 70’s. I got to know about the video via Hacker News (you should definitely follow it if you don’t!).
The video is basically a personal history of Rob Pike and how he came from Canada to the United States and joined Bell Labs, where he worked with Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Brian Kernighan and the rest of the group on Unix. It is a really great refresher on how the Operating System developed over time and how the revolution came about from punch card programming to actual programming on screens.
Some of the facts which stood out for me which I did or did not know before watching this presentation:
Some of the people who worked on Unix at Bell Labs joined Google later on and worked on Go Lang.
History of the Ed text editor.
Good educational material (books and documentation) are equally important in making a piece of software gain popularity as is good coding.