2. <language> A systems language written by Ken Thompson in 1970 mostly
for his own use under Unix on the PDP-11. B was later improved by Kerninghan(?)
and Ritchie to produce C. B was used as the systems language on Honeywell's
B was, according to Ken, greatly influenced by BCPL, but the name B had nothing
to do with BCPL. B was in fact a revision of an earlier language, bon, named
after Ken Thompson's wife, Bonnie.
["The Programming Language B", S.C. Johnson & B.W. Kernighan, CS TR 8, Bell Labs
[Features? Differences from C?]
3. <language> A simple interactive programming language by Lambert
Meertens and Steven Pemberton. B was the predecessor of ABC.
["Draft Proposal for the B Language", Lambert Meertens, CWI, Amsterdam, 1981].
4. <language, specification> A specification language by Jean-Raymond
Abrial of B Core UK, Magdalen Centre, Oxford Science Park, Oxford OX4 4GA. B is
related to Z and supports development of C code from specifications. B has been
used in major safety-critical system specifications in Europe, and is currently
attracting increasing interest in industry. It has robust, commercially
available tool support for specification, design, proof and code generation.
E-mail: <[email protected]>.
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