Friday, December 20, 2013

The Birth of Standard Error

The Birth of Standard Error "Earlier today Stephen Johnson, in a mailing list run by the The Unix Heritage Society, described the birth of the standard error concept: the idea that a program's error output is sent on a channel different from that of its normal output. Over the past forty years, all major operating systems and language libraries have embraced this concept."

I wouldn't have guessed it came about because of a phototypesetter.

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