4. MAD, CTSS, and Brian Kernighan

posted Nov 19, 2010, 7:11 PM by Jeff Ogden

The following is an interesting quote from An Interview with Brian Kernighan: Breeding Little Languages, by Allen Noren (2009) when he was asked "What hooked you on programming?":

I think that the most fun I had programming was a summer job at Project MAC at MIT in the summer of 1966, where I worked on a program that created a job tape for the brand new GE 645 in the earliest days of Multics. I was writing in MAD, which was much easier and more pleasant than the FORTRAN and COBOL that I had written earlier, and I was using CTSS, the first time-sharing system, which was infinitely easier and more pleasant than punch cards.