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Peter H. Salus

Author of A Quarter Century of UNIX

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Image credit: Peter Salus at IT-HĂžjskolen in Copenhagen, Denmark year 2002.

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1938
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Peter was kind enough to write a very sweet note in the front. It's always an amazement to realize that I know people who were there in the beginning. His Wikipedia page is so terribly thin, but then, that's the fate of so many.

It's a remarkable work, from beginning to end, and includes the *best* code comment ever in the front of the book.

/* You are not expected to understand this */

from the Sixth Edition of UNIX, copyright (then) by Western Electric Co.

The comment line is 2238; the lines it refers to are 2240-2243. If you own a copy of Lion's Commentary, those lines are on Sheet 22. There are photographs in the center of the book, and they're hard to look at. I imagine as more of them leave us, it will only be harder.

RIP, Evi.
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Lyndatrue | 1 other review | Jan 3, 2014 |
To the initiated, a very funny set of essays which examine taboo phrases according using arcane generative grammars. To me, as a grad student, I took it as much a spoof on such grammars as on language analysis, but perhaps the contributors meant it seriously.
 
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echaika | 1 other review | Sep 22, 2009 |
Delightful for even a non-linguist to read.
 
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BurlinghamBooks | 1 other review | Mar 14, 2008 |
While not the slickest or even best-written book, A Quarter Century of UNIX is full of interesting historical detail, much of it in the words of the folks who cut the code. And, c'mon! Who can resist a book with dazzling black and white pictures of Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie? [2007-01-13]
½
 
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szarka | 1 other review | Jan 13, 2007 |

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