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UNIX standards

IBM has an interesting article (mirror) that talks about the standardisation of UNIX and why this is such a great thing compared to other operating systems.

Twenty-year-old UNIX utilities still compile and run. A new desktop computing API will come and everyone will have to rewrite for it, but mountains will erode away before read() and write() stop working. This is the reason that all the hassle of formal UNIX standards has had so little effect on practical UNIX software development; the core API is simple, clean, and well-designed, and there is no need to change it significantly.

posted on 2006-03-12 10:34 UTC in Code | 0 comments | permalink