Classic programming

Sean Caron scaron at
Sun Aug 9 12:22:37 CDT 2015

Have you tried Plan 9? It's like a breath of fresh air ... :O



On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 11:25 AM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at>

>     > From: Eric Christopherson
>     > people who like to program in languages or language implementations
> or
>     > libraries that are no longer in common mainstream use?
> I prefer to write code under (effectively) V6 Unix; I find that I can get
> things working and done faster there than in any other environment. Of
> course,
> if one sticks to just the Standard I/O library, you can get more or less
> than
> same environment pretty much everywhere: Windows, Linux, etc.
>     > From: Sean Conner
>     > My current Holy Grail piece of software would be Synthesis OS---an
>     > operating system written in assembly (in 1991) that can recompile and
>     > specialize itself on the fly [6]---basically, a program can request
> and get
>     > custom system calls to use.
>     > ...
>     > [6]
> Wow. I had a look at that site: Very Very Very Cool.
> Is source still extant anywhere? (I know, I could email the creator...)
> Also, ISTR a post which talked about Guy Steele working on EMACS. I don't
> think that can be correct - Guy had, IIRC, departed MIT before I got to
> Tech
> Sq, and EMACS had just started being developed when I got there.
> As to who actually did do EMACS, it was a cast of characters, and I wasn't
> enough part of it to know who should be listed. RMS was, of course, primus
> inter pares, but there were others. E.g. I remember Gene Cicarelli did
> some stuff.
> There was this thing called IVORY which IIRC 'purified' TECO code so that
> it
> could be dumped out in a compressed form (for faster loading, execution,
> etc
> - it may have also been possible to have it read-only, and the page(s)
> shared
> between multiple EMACS instances, but my memory is foggy on this), and Gene
> did that.
>         Noel

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